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Tear down pavilion

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I may well be in a minority, but I remember the 1964-1965 World’s Fair and Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion (“Pavilion Push Is On,” Jan. 30). In my opinion even as newly constructed, it possessed very little architectural merit. For the most part it was a tower restaurant and a large steel and glass open-sided structure.

After decades of neglect and rust, rehabilitating this eyesore at a cost of tens of millions of dollars makes no sense. For a fraction of cost, it should be demolished and the area grassed over. Most importantly, demolition will recognize we are talking about urban park property and a reversal of the decades of abuse that have been visited upon Flushing Meadows Corona Park with multiple non-park structures.

The Parthenon it is not.

Benjamin M. Haber

Welcome to the discussion.