New York State Pavilion Preservation

$6,611 of $3,400 goal

Raised by 116 people in 62 months

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! 

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.

More success and awareness throughout 2016.

Look for new progress reports as we continue our  project and support other efforts through 2017 and beyond. 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 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.


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.

Thank you!

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Hello Supporters,

We hope everyone had a great holiday season. Winter has set in and there isn't much activity at the pavilion.

We will be back in the spring to do more work on the pavilion. We have our paint and tools in hand ready to go! We also hope to see restoration work begin on the towers this year!

Stay warm and we hope to see you soon.

The Crew
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Hello Supporters,

It has been a little quiet at the pavilion this season. We were part of a Disney D23 NYC tour which included Flushing Meadows Corona Park! We took a large tour group around the park and showed them the original sites of the Disney attractions. It went well and they were very excited to be in the park and celebrate its Disney connection.

We will be participating in Open House New York weekend in October. Keep your eyes open for more information later in the summer.

We will be back in the park soon to do more maintenance on the building, we can't stop!

We also anticipate work starting soon on the towers. They are slated to get new stairways, new concrete decking, electrical upgrades and lighting! Unfortunately it does not include opening to the public but it is a step in the right direction.

Exciting things for the pavilion!

Thank you again for your support and enjoy your summer!

The Paint Crew

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Dear Supporters,

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanzaa to all. Please be safe and have a great holiday season!

Happy New Year too! See you in 2017

Warm Regards
The Paint Crew
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Hello supporters,

Its been a fairly quiet season at the site of the pavilion so far but a busy season raising awareness for the future!

The Ideas Competition presented by the National Trust and People for the Pavilion, and sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz finished with the announcement of the winners a few days ago. The submissions covered a wide range of ideas from the practical to the whimsical. Check out the winners and all the other entries here:

Although the winning design will not be used as a scheme for renovating the pavilion, the purpose of the competition was very successful in bringing attention to the structure from all over the world.

The interest is gaining momentum and we hope to see progress in the work slated for the towers beginning soon.

Our crew has been busy keeping watch over the pavilion. Earlier this summer it was hit by vandals and an interior wall was covered with graffiti. Luckily we were on-site shortly after and got it covered up quickly!

Our project continues with plans to soon get back to painting and maintenance. The early summer was all rain and the mid summer was all heat! We are hoping for some good working weather.

Keep an eye out for an announcement later this season, We are hoping to be able to open the gates again in October. Nothing concrete yet but we will let you know first if it will happen.

Thank you again for supporting our project and our partners in helping the New York State Pavilion have a bright future!

The Crew
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James Voketaitis
60 months ago

A good cause

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$6,611 of $3,400 goal

Raised by 116 people in 62 months
Created January 5, 2013
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Lisa Lewis
8 months ago

Thank you for the tour today! You guys are doing a great thing!

Fred Stern
28 months ago

Mitch, you, and your team have done a fantastic job toward the restoration of the NY State Pavilion. Your efforts, have also brought the pavilion into the limelight, for not only the public, but the to the people that can make this happen.

28 months ago
Joann Garrido
28 months ago

It's so encouraging to see that so many people care for this pavilion and that work is underway to restore it. Here's hoping this helps the good work to continue. I come from New York and the NYSP is a part of my life.

Doug Drexler
28 months ago

Hi Mitch! Thanks for all you do!

Erik Delfino
32 months ago

Thank you so much for your efforts!

James Voketaitis
60 months ago

A good cause

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