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Back to the Fairs: New York 1964

More than a year after moving to Manhattan, New York, I finally made the journey to Flushing to visit the site of the 1964 New York World's Fair.


Whenever I'm traveling to a new city, I'm always looking for remnants of World's Fairs pasts - whether it be an old structure or even old sign. So much is put into building a World's Fair, but little remains. Fortunately for us, one of the main structures of the 1964 Fair, the Unisphere, still stands today. The Unisphere was designed by Gilmore D. Clark, who was also involved in the 1939 New York World's Fair. Sitting in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park, it's a large steel globe (the largest global in the world?) meant to represent the theme of that year's World's Fair - "Peace Through Understanding."


Nearby, the New York State Pavilion also remains (currently undergoing restoration in 2019-present) as well as few other remaining pieces like the largest scale model of NYC (with 895,000 buildings) at the Queens Museum of Art and The Rocket Thrower, a massive bronze sculpture meant to represent the theme of space exploration.







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