World’s Fair: 50th Anniversary (Part II)

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Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. It was a huge turn out over 2,500 people lined up to see the ruins of the World Pavilion.

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To celebrate this special event, free World’s Fair cookies were made and handed out along with buttons.

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Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz sang the national anthem before they unlocked the chains in to the Pavilion.

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Many of Queens respresentatives recounted about their own personal memories with the ruins of the World Pavilion.

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Paul Goldberger, a National Trust board member and Architecture critic, said the “National Treasures” list recognizes  the World Pavilion historically, culturally and architecturally an important site. Only 44 sites in the United Sates have been granted this designation.

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Joseph Crowley, U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th Congressional District reminisces about his own childhood memories of the New York 1964 World’s Fair.

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Councilman Mark S. Weprin speaks.

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Queens County- Flushing Councilman Peter Koo speaking before the special opening of the World Pavilion.

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Walter Dorwin Teague’s famous Texaco sign design.

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What survives of the original World Pavilion floor map.

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Joseph Crowley and Mark S. Weprin take in the sight of the ruins.

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Queens President Melinda Katz sports her hardhat inside the World Pavilion ruins.

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An original 1964 World’s Fair flag hung above the entrance to the Pavilion.

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The lines were so long they went from over the foot bridge,

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and extended all way to the park exit.

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I was featured in today’s New York Metro newspaper with my vintage 1964 Kodak World’s Fair camera.

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The reporters went crazy when they saw my camera.

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I will also be featured in this weeks Queens Courier.

“This is the greatest moment of my life,” said Natali Bravo, a resident from Rego Park, who was shooting pictures of the Pavilion with a 1964 Kodak World’s Fair Camera. “This is the first time I’m actually setting foot in here. To actually be photographing this event the way it was meant to be photographed with this camera is a very special thing.”~ Liam LaGuerre

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I am so happy I was able to be part of such a wonderful celebration. The World Pavilion is the most famous landmark in Queens. We need to preserve them for future generations to enjoy.

 

 

 

Stay tuned to see the prints from my 127 film in a few weeks. 

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11 thoughts on “World’s Fair: 50th Anniversary (Part II)

  1. Oh my gosh, how funny you liked my post. I saw your picture with your camera in the paper and I thought that was SUCH a cool thing to have and bring with you. I would love to see how your pictures came out when they’re done 🙂

  2. What a wonderfully nostalgic post, Natalie. As a kid who grew up in Forest Hills, I was at the World’s Fair when it first opened, and spent many, many days there during its two years, and thereafter when the area became a park. I could see the GM building (with it’s digital time and temperature) from my terrace, and the Unisphere was always in view. Great memories. I love your World’s Fair camera, and look forward to your future posts. Keep ’em coming!

    • Sounds like a wonderful memory. I see those towers all the time. They are such an important part of Queens history.

      Thank you for reading and I shall keep on postin’!

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