Photo courtesy of Gregory Fournier
The world’s largest tire, the Uniroyal Giant Tire, reached 80 feet high and weighed 20 tons when it debuted as a Ferris wheel at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. First located in Flushing, Queens, the towering tire was commissioned by the Uniroyal Tire Company and designed by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, the same architectural firm behind the Empire State Building. During its time at the fair, the tire carried over two million passengers, including Jacqueline Kennedy and her children, Telly Savalas, and the Shah of Iran. Each ride cost just $0.25 and would last 10 minutes.
How did the tire end up in Detroit?
World’s Fair Terminal Station. Photo via Bill Cotter
There was, for a short time, a line of the IND (Independent) subway that was built for the 1939/1940 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the second most expansive American world’s fair of all time (second only to the St. Louis Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904). The event brought over 44 million people to the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park site. To make visting the fair more convenient, the city created a new dedicated subway line extension and terminal, then the only line owned by the city.
The extension began on a bridge (called a flying junction) running through Jamaica Yard near what is now the Forest Hills-71st Street stop on today’s M/R lines. The extension turned north along the east side of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park over a wooden trestle and ended at the newly-created World’s Fair Terminal Station, which had two tracks and three platforms. The two-mile addition cost $1.7 million to build.
Find out what happened
- A Japanese desk lets you work on your laptop while lying completely flat on your back. [HUH]
- A photo roundup of the 1939 World’s Fair site being built in Queens. [Gothamist]
- Stay dry as you pedal with the bicycle umbrella. [CityLab]
- Is the East 180th Street 2/5 subway entrance in the Bronx the prettiest station in the city? [Scouting NY]
- This Dutch photographer took a photo every time he saw someone reading a book on the subway. [Slate]
- Former Brooklyn couple turns their Nyack, NY craftsman into a home/art gallery. [Design Sponge]
Images: The Super Gorone Desk (L); East 180th Street subway station via MTAPhotos via photopin cc (R)
Image © Matthew Silva
After coming into nearly $6 million for the restoration of Philip Johnson’s ‘Tent of Tomorrow’, preservationists have been hit with heartbreaking news that vandals recently broke into the icon, setting fire to a van and inflicting considerable damage on the already deteriorating terrazzo map.
More on the incident here