Tuesday, March 14, 2017
While my supply of slides from the 1964 New York World's Fair is dwindling, I was very happy to find almost 100 of them in a box that I'd completely forgotten about. So... hooray! There's nothing super unusual in the batch, but I'll take 'em.
I'll start with this shot of the New York Pavilion with its "flying saucer" observation decks. This structure still exists, though it is crumbling. Hard working fans are doing their best to bring the pavilion back to some semblance of its former glory.
We're looking up the Avenue of United Nations (South), with the Missouri pavilion in front of us, along with an impressive avenue of flags. The partly-obscured white dome is the "igloo" from the Alaska pavilion.
Next is the impressive Port Authority building, which had a helipad on the roof. Which is pretty cool! I'm not sure if "Brutalist" accurately defines the architectural style of this building, but it seems apt to me. You could go to the "Top of the Fair" restaurant and cocktail lounge, which sounds pretty sweet to me. This building can also still be seen, and it is apparently used as an event space.
The colorful objects in the foreground are all part of the Chrysler pavilion.
And finally we have this hazy view of the Travel and Transportation building with its fun, cratered moon dome (which housed an 18 minute Cinerama film). To our left is the U.S. Rubber Ferris wheel, and those strange hoops with cloth ribbons hanging from them are part of the Lowenbrau Gardens. In the distance the giant canopy façade of GM's "Futurama" can be seen, with the Chrysler pavilion to our right.
Stay tuned for more photos from the New York World's Fair!