The anticipation was tremendous. Exactly 50 years ago today, the 1964 World’s Fair kicked off with an inauguration featuring a speech by President Lyndon B. Johnson. To commemorate this historic event today, NYC Parks opened the New York State Pavilion for three hours this afternoon. More than 5,000 spectators waited in line to see this remnant and take photos of the interior portion, where the Tent of Tomorrow once stood.
People started gathering around the NYS Pavilion as soon as the sun came up. The line stretched around the beloved structure.
By 11 am, patient and excited people were standing on the Grand Central Parkway’s overpass.
By 11:30 am, the queue went past the Queens Zoo and into its parking lot.
Those who waited got to see the inside of a structure once hosted Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones concerts.
Diana Ross and Michael Jackson danced around this mezzanine while filming The Wiz.
Borough President Melinda Katz wants to restore the NYS Pavilion, even though it would cost an estimated $75 million. What’s your opinion?