New York State Pavilion Preservation
We began 2014 on a high note...WE SURPASSED GOAL! This fundraising effort has remained open for donations which helps us with future maintenance and touch up. Thank you for your continued support and please spread the word! http://nyspproject.org
We held our first Open Gate event on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the 1964-65 NY World/s Fair in April 2014 and two additional openings in May and October that year which were very successful.
2015 was also a great year for the pavilion. More events, more recognition, money for the towers and the amazing painting of the crown by the Structural Steel Painters Association and Union members. http://nyspproject.com/NYSPcrown.htm
Look for new progress reports as we continue our project and support other efforts into 2016. Thank you!
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.; Ed G.; 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 completed the outside paint and started 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 had arrived in April 2014 and the pavilin looked great. We have since hosted several successful open ngate events at the pavilion. However, there is more to do! The money raised will go towards red, white and yellow paint and associated materials. Typical cost per gallon is approximately $35-45 but we hope to seek discounts from generous paint distributors and other private donations. Thank you!
Check out http://nyspproject.org and the media coverage of our events. 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.
SEE YOUR REWARDS!*
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.
Please try to make it out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the “Only in Queens Summer Festival” on Sunday June 26th!
The paint crew will be hosting another Open Gate event at the New York State Pavilion! Come on by, say hello and check out our displays.
Looking back at this gofundme campaign we are very grateful for the contributions from all of you. Our original goal was well exceeded. We believe the original event on April 22, 2014 which drew huge crowds on a Tuesday morning was a milestone and turning point for the pavilion. We worked extremely hard for years to make the pavilion presentable to the world. We could not have done it without your support then and your continued support. Thank you again. Be proud you are a part of the success.
With the crown painted, money allocated for the towers and the Ideas Competition in its home stretch, attention has not waned for the pavilion. We hope to see continued progress and success even if it is one baby step at a time.
We will be out there again this season doing what we can to maintain the structure. We have had a late start this year for several reasons but especially all that rainy weather. We will update our progress and seek more contributions to help soon. Check out our new reward structure!
Thanks again and we hope to see you on the 26th!
The New York State Pavilion Paint Project will once again be hosting an Open Gate Event at the New York State Pavilion. Sunday June 26, 2016 is the “Only in Queens Summer Festival” and the gates will be open from 1-5 PM. If you are in the area please come say hello and enjoy many of the other festivities that will be going on in the park that day. Great fun to be had by all! Please see the Facebook event listing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/803563639774316/
Also, on Thursday June 9, 2016, the Queens Theatre will be hosting an outdoor screening of Matthew Silva’s documentary “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion.” Bring a chair or a blanket. The event starts at 8PM and is free! Please go here for more information and a cool interview with Matthew: http://queenstheatre.org/content/modern-ruin
If you have not yet checked out the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition site, you are missing out on quite a variety of amazing ideas! Please visit and vote for your favorites: https://savingplaces.org/new-york-state-pavilion-ideas-competition#.VzRhkuQi6zz
(hint: Vote for our co-founder, Mitch Silverstein’s idea…)
We have not gotten out to the pavilion often this season as it has rained most weekends, but we think the season has arrived and we will do our best this year to maintain and advocate for our favorite structure!
Check out our new rewards for donating to our project too.
We thank you for your support!
The Paint Crew
The New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition is underway! Please check out the following link:
Presented by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, People for the Pavilion and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
YOU can submit your own ideas! It's open to anyone in the world over the age of 13. Just follow some simple rules for submission and your idea will be posted for all to see.
Judges will select first, second and third place winners with cash rewards and there will be a fan favorite selection chosen by your votes!
Please check it out and help continue to raise awareness for the pavilion.
(While you are over there vote for Mitch's idea. His was the first submission at the bottom of the page!)
Spring is upon us so look for fresh updates soon as the Paint Crew continues to raise awareness and support by maintaining and improving the pavilion!
The success of our project and the pavilion would not be possible without our supporters. Thank you all once again for helping to make the saving of the pavilion a reality. We should all be proud that we made a difference and we hope the momentum continues for this great structure.
See highlights and video from the Address: http://nyspproject.com/QBP/QBP.htm
The Paint Crew