Yesterday the New York Times detailed the recent push to preserve the New York State Pavilion, the crumbling Philip Johnson structure built for the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Helpfully, the article broke down the options and the costs regarding the future of the site: “Parks officials determined that it would cost $14 million simply to demolish the site. Stabilizing the Pavilion so that it would remain as a sort of modern-day ruin, but with no public access, would run $43 million. And restoring the site so that it could once again host visitors would cost $52 million.” (Demolition seems unlikely after an outpouring of support to preserve the structure.) Right now, money is the largest concern before moving forward. An architecture firm, working pro bono, drafted a plan to reutilize the site that cost a hefty $72,000,000.
Late last week Borough President Melinda Katz visited the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the iconic Queens structure that’s been the topic of discussion recently. The Parks Department is currently looking into working on the site, whether that means outfitting it for a new use, stabilizing it as a ruin, or demolishing it. Borough President Katz, however, made it clear she’d like to see the structure remain standing. According to Queens Chronicle, “Katz emphatically declared her wish to see the pavilion saved while on a walking tour of the site.”
Katz also promised to dedicate a task force within the next month to brainstorm ideas for the site. The Parks Department guesses that it will cost $72,000,000 to restore, while demolition would cost around $14,000,000. Assembly Member Marge Markey hopes that restoration work could be completed within the decade.
It seems like everybody’s talking about the future of the now-underutilized New York State Pavilion, in the hopes that it can once again be an asset for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Now it’s your turn to share your vision for the complex! The New York Parks Department released this survey “in order to understand your vision for the future of the Pavilion.” Parks held a series of listening sessions regarding the Pavilion in late January and also presented on recent structural studies that were completed on the Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers. According to People for the Pavilion, there’s an overwhelming consensus so far to preserve and reutilize — rather than tear down — the iconic structures, designed by architect Philip Johnson for the 1964-65 World’s Fair.
This Saturday, the organization People for the Pavilion held an event focused on the future of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. More than 200 people showed up to watch a presentation about the structures’ past and present and to share ideas for potential uses of the now-underutilized site. You can watch a video of the event on Vimeo and read some notes from the day on PftP’s Twitter.
Tomorrow, the Parks Department will hold two more meetings on the Pavilion. The Parks Department plans to take a broader approach to discussing the future of the structure, looking at realities of preservation, stabilization, or possibly demolition. At this point, Parks just wants to know what the community would like to see at the site. Those meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, January 28th, 10am to 12pm and 7pm to 9pm. The location is the Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South.
The organization People for the Pavilion is aiming to build a coalition of interested parties in the preservation of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The iconic Queens structure, as is well known, has sat decaying for years now. So on Saturday, January 25th, People for the Pavillion will host an informal gathering to watch a presentation about the structures’ past and present to get ideas for future uses of the site. The goal of PFP, moving forward, is to work directly with Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on public input sessions that give the community a chance to share what they’d like to see happen to the Pavilion.
This event will take place at the Queens Theater at 2pm. It is free and open to the public — you can RSVP here although it isn’t required.
This year is the 30th anniversary of They Might Be Giants, a band that has been described as alternative, experimental, independent, and all number of adjectives and genre names that try to pin down its zany style. Amazingly enough for an 80s band, John Flansburgh and John Linnell of TMBG are still together, recording and performing.
Brooklyn-based TMBG filmed one of their most popular videos – for the 1986 song “Don’t Let’s Start” – in Queens, inside the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Park. (more…)