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Parks Plans Public Sessions to Discuss Crumbling World's Fair Site

By Katie Honan | January 23, 2014 1:29pm
 Residents can share their ideas for the New York State Pavilion.
Residents can share their ideas for the New York State Pavilion.
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CORONA — Parkgoers with ideas for the crumbling, middle-aged World's Fair structures at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park can share their vision at a series of upcoming planning meetings.

The Parks Department is sponsoring three meetings at the Queens Theatre to update residents on the fate of the New York State Pavilion, which was built nearly 50 years ago and has been left in disarray for decades.

The agency will present the findings of two studies, one conducted in 2009 and the other in 2012, which offer suggestions on what to do about the three towers and the "Tent of Tomorrow," which have rusted through neglect.

The Parks Department was left with three options from those studies — demolish the structures, stabilize them, or restore and reuse them for other purposes, according to the presentation.

The options all came at a hefty price, running between $14 million to more than $70 million.

Residents can learn more — and share their thoughts on the Philip Johnson-designed structures — at sessions, which start Sunday.

The planning meetings will be held at the Queens Theatre and start Sunday, Jan. 26 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Two other meetings are planned for Tues., Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. until noon, and again at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The Queens Theatre is located inside the park at 14 United Nations Ave. S. in Corona.