A world icon, the New York State Pavilion, has been sitting in Flushing Meadows for 50 years, just deteriorating. I watched as the Aquacade from the 1939 World’s Fair was torn down to make way for a snack bar. I watched as the boathouse on Meadow Lake was torn down and rebuilt, all for the use of a few boat clubs.
At the subway entrance to the park you can see the beautiful mosaics from the 1964 World’s Fair crumbling underfoot. The Fountain of the Planets and the Pool of Industry are full of garbage. And the Hall of Science rockets had to be replaced because of neglect.
These are the treasures that should have made Flushing Meadows a showplace. These are places that could have created many jobs over a period of 50 years, but have been neglected and reflect the lack of foresight of city leaders for the treasures left in their care. If young people only knew what this park was like at one time 50 years ago, they would ask why it has been neglected for so long.