With the golden anniversary of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair fast approaching, activities to honor the New York State Pavilion’s place in Queens’ history are actively being planned.
In the shadow of the Unisphere within Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Friday, Borough President Melinda Katz and Assemblywoman Marge Markey (D-Maspeth), the co-chairwomen of the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee, will announce a number of events residents can partake in to celebrate the anniversary of the global gathering.
The first of a six-month series of events will be an opening ceremony on Tuesday, April 22 at 10:45 a.m., 50 years to the minute the 1964 World’s Fair opened.
That same afternoon, the New York State Pavilion, for the first time in decades, will open to the public. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors will be provided with hardhats and allowed to enter the Tent of Tomorrow to see and take pictures of the aging structure.
Katz and Markey will also announce the World’s Fair Anniversary Festival that will take place at the park on Sunday, May 18. According to a release from the Borough President’s Office, visitors to the one-day festival will be able to enjoy food and live entertainment and see World’s Fair memorabilia from 50 and 75 years ago.
Events and a website dedicated to them created by the Queens Tourism Council, a division of the Queens Economic Development Corp., will also be announced.
The World’s Fair Anniversary Committee, made up of the Borough President’s Office, the New York Mets, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and nearly a dozen other organizations, isn’t the only group dedicated to honoring the landmark anniversary.
People for the Pavilion, the preservationist group aimed at saving the New York State Pavilion, also has plans to commemorate the World’s Fair.
In addition to sitting on Katz’s newly formed task force dedicated to the pavilion, the group, made up of Salmaan Khan and Matthew Silva, recently announced an April social media-based photography contest that anyone visiting the park can enter.
According to a People for the Pavilion press release, exact details still need to be hammered out, but prizes will be given out to those who take and post the best pictures of the rusting icon to Instagram, a popular photo-sharing website.
The group also repeated calls for more people to join their cause. Khan and Silva said in the release they are actively seeking a communications and web design expert to help manage the group’s presence on the Internet.
Those interested in joining the group are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
People for the Pavilion co-founders Khan and Silva are continuing their mission to preserve the iconic structures even after the untimely death of 29-year-old co-founder Christian Doran as a result of a severe asthma attack on Feb 8.