it was 50 years ago today…

On April 22,  1964 the World’s Fair in NYC opened to the masses.  In commemoration of the day and to raise awareness about the need to restore the grounds,  the New York State Pavilion was open to the general public for today on the 50th Anniversary.

We arrived around 10:30 to find what so often happens in NY, in a city of 10 million people if something cool is going down.. at least half of us want to be there.  The line snaked all around the pavilion and within minutes of us entering it by the Queen Theater it was already across the Grand Central,  hundreds deep.  

Lots of waiting,  lots of very cool characters and many happy, excited people.  So many had come bearing artifacts of the original fair from programs to proclamations. Met up with a flickr friend and met a new one.  And I have to say if it occurs in the photographic world it was there on display, thousands, strike that, MILLIONS of dollars worth of camera equipment walked by or stood in line waiting the chance to shoot inside.  So I bring to you, my measly attempt,  there will be thousands of shots out there over the next few days,  it was indeed an epic event. 🙂

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Our first sneak peak inside,  before we realized the extent of the line,  such naivety.

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Getting closer…

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And finally we are inside…

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Fragments of the original map floor that covered the entire Pavilion.. we can hope someday they will be able to restore the entire thing.

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This was definitely the golden ticket to have in NYC today.  

If you are interested in the restoration project you can find more information here: http://nyspproject.org

Until we meet again…

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3 comments

  1. Another fantastic group of shots. Love the variety of people, characters indeed! And great structure shots, too. I sure appreciate your walking and waiting in all these cool places so that I can see the sights! I’m not one for crowds, but it’s nice to see all the interesting stuff going on.

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