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Group Wants Your Wild Ideas for New York State Pavilion

By Katie Honan | February 18, 2016 8:41am
 The ideas competition seeks input from people all over the world on uses for the New York State Pavilion
The ideas competition seeks input from people all over the world on uses for the New York State Pavilion
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CORONA — If you have an idea for the historic New York State Pavilion, here's your chance to share it.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting an "anything goes" competition to solicit suggestions for the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park landmark — no matter how far-flung they may seem.

The Pavilion was built for the 1964-1965 World's Fair and left abandoned in the decades since.

It was added to the historic register in 2014, has undergone volunteer paint jobs and a professional coat thanks to local unions. 

And while Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has committed to saving it, its future use is still up for grabs.

The contest, presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and People for the Pavilion and co-sponsored by Katz, is open to anyone around the world who has an idea for the site.

"You don’t need to be an architect to enter— anyone who wants to have their vision seen by the world is invited to participate," organizers said.

The contest is set to launch in March.

Local art group Hibridos Collective will also host four sessions to help brainstorm with and inspire the community on what can happen with the Pavilion.

The monthly sessions kick off Sunday, March 20 at the Queens Theatre in the Park, from noon until 4 p.m.

They continue through the spring, on the following dates:

♦ Sunday, April 24 at the Queens Public Library, Flushing Branch

♦ Saturday, May 28 at the 78th Street Plaza in Jackson Heights

♦ Saturday, June 25 at Corona Plaza

For more information, visit the Saving Places website.