Step inside the New York State Pavilion during OHNY Weekend to appreciate this iconic structure’s fresh new coat of “American Cheese” yellow paint, recently donated by the New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association, and to see the expanse of the original terra cotta floor, now covered in a protective layer of gravel, with a few original pieces of it on display. The Philip Johnson-designed landmark also provides close-up views of the Pavilion’s original three observatory towers, which once offered the highest viewing decks of the 1964 World’s Fair. Long lines are expected when the gates are opened for “hard hat” tours inside the structure’s “Tent of Tomorrow,” so plan to arrive early. The New York State Pavilion Painting Project will be on hand to talk about the history of the site, and to offer visitors their exhibit of 1939/40 and 1964/65 World’s Fair memorabilia.
In addition, Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s “World’s Fair History Tour” volunteer docents will offer one-hour walking tours of a dozen additional World’s Fair sites throughout the park.
Access Notes: Tours are suitable for children accompanied by an adult. Please wear hard-soled closed shoes.
Image Credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks