world’s fair

Events, Flushing

Photo courtesy of Bill Cotter/worldsfairphotos

On April 28th and 29th CitiField will be transformed into a modern, food-centric take on the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The World’s Fare wants guests to experience “diversity through cuisine,” which they’ll accomplish with 100+ food vendors from more than 100 cultures (there will also be an international beer garden, live music, and art), and now Eater has the scoop on the first 50 of these participants, which includes old-time Jewish bakery Orwashers, social venture and Bengali pop-up Jhal NYC, Japanese vegetable pancake purveyor Oconomi, Australian restaurant the Thirsty Koala, and Brazilian chocolate shop Brigadeiros.

The full list and all the event details

Flushing, Queens, Urban Design

More than 50 years after the 1964-65 World’s Fair was held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the fountains leading up to the iconic Unisphere will be returned to their former glory. amNY first got word that the currently dilapidated Fountain of the Fairs would undergo a $5 million renovation next year. Renderings from Quennell Rothschild & Partners show a Fog Garden, a walkway filled with misting fountains, as well as a children’s water park and another plaza for outdoor performances, all of which will be lined with new landscaping and seating.

More details and renderings

Events, History, Queens

Photo courtesy of Bill Cotter/worldsfairphotos

Experience “diversity through cuisine” at CitiField this spring at an event paying homage to the iconic 1964 New York World’s Fair. Dubbed the World’s Fare, the event will feature over 100 food vendors from more than 100 cultures, as well as live music and art (h/t QNS). Highlights include an international beer garden that will offer tastings of 80 craft beers from 45 breweries and exhibits of LEGO Art and 4-D drawings.

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Flushing, History

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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?

Flushing, History, Queens, Transportation

The Lost Subway Line of the 1939-1940 World’s Fair

By Michelle Cohen, Tue, March 8, 2016

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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

Daily Link Fix

Bed Desk, Super Gorone Desk
  • 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)

Architecture, Queens

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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


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