Friday, January 09, 2009

Restore the Queens World's Fair Site

A year ago, we wrote a piece on the need to restore the World's Fair site in Queens. It needs work, and needs an identity that takes advantage of the history, but does not try to re-create what was.

Amazingly, pieces of the 1964 New York World’s Fair are still around, and draw interest. Not only is the park there, with all its pieces (museum, marina) but pieces of the fair are scattered about the United States, still drawing attendance. This is proof that the idea of the park still has legs.

* It’s a Small World lives at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
* Carousel of Progress is at Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland.
* The Sinclair Dinosaur Uncle Beazley is displayed at the National Zoo, lovingly restored by Smithsonian officials who recognized how much these dino-gas figures are loved.
* Dinosaur Valley State Park preserves other Sinclair dinosaurs.
* The Uniroyal World’s Largest Tire lives in Michigan.

So have some fun. Go back and read our 2008 post on bringing back the World's Fair site in Queens.

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