The painting of the crown for the New York State Pavilion has been completed! The structure is looking great as progress moves forward towards restoring this iconic structure. Please check out the up to date progress photos on our site. You can view them here: http://nyspproject.com/NYSPcrown.htm
Great news! Open House NY (ohny.org) is partnering with NYC Parks (nycgovparks.org) and the New York State Pavilion Paint Project (nyspproject.org) to open the gates of the New York State Pavilion this October 17th and 18th! October 17th marks the 50th anniversary of the closing of the NY World's World’s Fair. You will have the opportunity to see the new coat of paint on the crown, donated by the Bridge Painters Union of DC9, from the rare vantage point of inside the pavilion. The gates will be open from 1PM - 5PM on both days as part of the 2015 OHNY Weekend. Check their website to watch for a full listing of sites that will be open to the public that weekend including others in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. More details to follow soon!
On Saturday August 15th there was a screening of Matthew Silva's wonderful tribute to the Pavilion. His film "Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion" was shown to a fine crowd at the Queens Museum. A Q&A followed. Be sure to try and catch the film at its next screening: Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, Manhattan, as part of the Architecture & Design Film Festival on October 14 and 18! http://adfilmfest.com/site/ny2015_films/3675
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced that she has secured $32 million to go to Queens County Parks. Melinda has been vital in the effort to save the NYSP and an article states that $3 million will go towards the Pavilion! http://queenscourier.com/bp-katz-secures-32-million-for-qu…/
The NYSP Paint Project hopes to get back out to the pavilion to continue our work soon. Still much to be done! We will keep you posted...
Great news all around! Much activity around the pavilion and we once again thank all the supporters of our project and the many other people and organizations that have helped the movement towards saving it. The NYSP stands proud once again!
More great news about the pavilion! Here is a press release from NYC Parks on May 6, 2015 stating that the crown of the New York State Pavilion is getting a free paint job from the local Bridge Painters Union and their affiliates! http://www.nycgovparks.org/news/press-releases?id=21308
We attended the press conference and met many passionate people and organizations putting forth great efforts to preserve the building. Pictured here are the local and international union leaders talking with the Paint Crew. We were thrilled to hear our project helped inspire theirs. Thank you to the New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association, Local Union 806, District Council 9, IUPAT; all the elected officials involved especially Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NYC Parks and the support of the community.
Since this is a major undertaking, access to the pavilion will be very limited and our crew won’t be able to continue with some our projects until the crown is completed in the Fall. We will visit the site often and do what we can. Then we have plans to get a matching coat of yellow on the mezzanine!
As spring finally emerges from winter, the 50th Anniversary of the second year of the fair arrives tomorrow, April 21st. Although there are no plans for an organized celebration we encourage those local to the park to visit and celebrate in their own way. We are sure you will meet others roaming the park with maps and stories!
It’s hard to believe that one year full has passed since we made history in April 2014 with the first Open Gate on Opening Day event. Thousands of visitors had the opportunity to envision the past and the future of the pavilion. One such visitor had documented his visit and it conveys the feeling of the day. Please check it out, we love his account: http://www.grayflannelsuit.net/blog/worlds-fair-1964-new-york-state-pavilion-opened
On June 7, 2015 NYC Parks will once again host a celebration of the World's Fairs. We will be there so come out and say hi. Details of the day’s events have not been announced yet but we will post here as soon as we find out.
Happy New Year friends and supporters! We eagerly anticipate spring weather, although we've barely scratched the surface of winter. Cold weather may slow down our painting but it didn't keep us from tidying up a bit recently at the pavilion. We worked hard in freezing temperatures and rain; we are a dedicated bunch!
With the warmer weather, we will also be bringing you more news and information in regards to the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the second season of the New York Worlds Fair. We hope to plan more events and participate in others throughout the year.
Come out to Flushing Meadows. It's a beautiful park with so much to offer, even in the winter months. Visit the Queens Museum, NY Hall of Science, Queens Botanical Gardens, the Queens Zoo and the other services the park offers. You would be taking in the rich history of Flushing Meadows by visiting the other fair legacies in the park, along with the NYSP!
We are all very excited to close out 2014, the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair and the New York State Pavilion. It was a banner year for the pavilion with three Open Gate events and the announcement that funds have been allocated to begin some restoration of the Towers.
Our third Open Gate this past weekend on October 19 was a hit. Although the crowds were small compared to the first two events, over 500 people visited the pavilion. That's close to 5000 people this year who went through the gates! It was an amazing Anniversary Celebration Year throughout the Park!
Our work continues. We will do what we can to get the pavilion ready for the winter, and hope to be back early spring to care for the structure however we can. Stay warm and we hope to see you next season!
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the NY Worlds Fair first season closing, The New York State Pavilion Paint Project and NYC Parks present an Open Gate Event at the Pavilion on Sunday October 19th! The gates will open on a first come, first served basis at 12:30 PM and remain open until 5 PM.
The last two Open Gate Events were hugely successful and many did not have the opportunity to attend. Here’s your chance to visit during the historical anniversary year of the fair. Come see our displays and bring your camera to capture the splendor of this iconic structure from inside the Tent of Tomorrow. Hard hats will be provided at the gate and you can meet the volunteer crew that has been helping to maintain the structure and raise awareness for the past five years.
Afterward, don't miss Beatles tribute band, Yesterday and Today, at the Unisphere at 6PM for a free concert! Watch for future announcements about other happenings in the park that day. See you there and thanks again for your support!
As we all continue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 NY World's Fair, we are excited to share the following announcement from Ryan Ritchey, filmmaker of After The Fair: The Legacy of the 1964-65 NY World's Fair. The film is now available for pre-order! But that's not the only news!
As a special thank you and exclusively for those who pre-order, the filmmakers created a collection of interview outtakes, photos, and other goodies you can access online.
So let’s all go on a journey through time, reliving the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, then take a fun look at how the fair still affects our lives today in everything from pop culture to technology, all the while knowing that your pre-order made a difference in the current state of the New York State Pavilion!
Please visit their web site for more information on the soon to be released film After The Fair: The Legacy of the 1964-65 NY World's Fair and preview the first six minutes, you will not be disappointed! You may see some familiar names too! http://worldsfairmovie.com/
Hello Supporters! Great news out of the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz' Office! Funds have been allocated to begin work on the NYSP Observation Towers and the Pavilion's electrical system. Approximately $5.8 million has been budgeted to begin the process. We hope to stay close and involved in the process and hope we ALL had some hand in convincing the elected officials this is the right thing to do! The struggle is worth it. Thank you again for your support! http://nyspproject.com/announceKatz.png
We began 2014 on a high note...WE SURPASSED GOAL! This page will remain open for donations which will help us with future maintenance and touch up. So please continue to spread the word! We held a Open Gate event on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the fair in April! Two additional openings in May and October were very successful too. Still a bit more work is needed. Look for new progress reports as we continue the project. Thank you!
Please check out http://nyspproject.org and the media coverage of the event. Please note- No funds from this gofundme was used for any purpose other than purchasing paint and directly related materials for the maintenance and improvement of the structure.
We are a grass roots effort lending support to preserving an iconic structure remaining from the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York. We (John P.; Mitch S.; Stephanie B.; Gary M.; Jim B.; Tom B.; et. al.) have spent the past few years gathering donations of materials and paint to restore some dignity to the structure in hoping it raises awareness towards the restoration and reuse. We have just about completed the outside paint and intend to start the interior in the spring of 2013. Designed by famed architect Phillip Johnson it has fallen into disrepair over the years. It has more recently been seen in movies like Men in Black and Ironman 2, as well as TV on CSI:NY.
The 50th anniversary of the opening of the fair has arrived and thepavilin lookedgreat. There is more to do! The money raised will go towards red, white and yellow paint and associated materials. We estimate 130 gallon of the red, white and 3 yellow. Typical cost per gallon is approximately $35 but we hope to seek discounts from generous paint distributors and other private donations. Thank you!
The paint: Sherwin Williams A-100 Satin Show Stopper Red- 5 Gal Pails Sherwin Williams A-100 Satin Extra White- 5 Gal Pails Sherwin Williams Enamel Acrylic Latex High Gloss- Worlds Fair Yellow 1 Gal cans (formula available upon request)
For more information on this amazing building see these links:
If we have funds remaining after purchase of paint and material, the funds will be used to help secure the NYSP as to protect the efforts of its volunteers. Locks, clean-up, fence and gate repairs may be some of the items needed upon completion of the paint project. Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery of your gift.
Born 5 years after the end of the Fair but have admired the Pavilion since I was very little. From the car window it looked to me to be our very own ancient ruin. Looking forward to the day the Pavilion is restored to its old glory.