The New York State Pavilion. Photo by Mario Catini via Matthew Silva, director of Modern Ruin

Public access to the New York State Pavilion, a relic of the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, is a rare treat, despite a consistent flurry of interest in the landmark. Untapped Cities, however, will be offering a free, one-time special access tour of the Philip Johnson-designed Pavilion on Saturday, June 10th at 11am, through a giveaway. The one-hour tour will be offered in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, led by Mitch Silverstein, who helps head up the New York State Pavilion Paint Project, an all-volunteer group that has been lovingly caring for the Pavilion for several years now.

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Enter the giveaway below, which will automatically enter your email address into our weekly curated newsletter, and get additional entries for following us on social media and sharing the giveaway (you must confirm all the information requested for an entry to be valid). 20 guests will be chosen from the entries and winners must confirm attendance to get tickets issued to them. We will be choosing winners and waitlist winners on June 3rd so get your entries in by end of day June 2nd!

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In the decades since the World’s Fair, the Pavilion has fallen to a state of deterioration and neglect, but its futuristic design — made of reinforced concrete & steel and decorated with a perimeter of white, red and yellow paint — hints at its previous grandeur. On top of recent efforts including painting the pavilion, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with The Cities Project by Heineken, are taking efforts to revive this iconic New York City landmark with the hopes of reopening its soaring observation towers for new generations of visitors.

Tour highlights:

  • Learn about the past and current challenges of developing potential uses for the Pavilion’s future
  • Hear about the different groups involved with the Pavilion, including the Pavilion Paint Project
  • Access the inside of the Pavilion and learn about its little known facts & secrets
  • The tour will spend half an hour walking around the structure, and half an hour inside

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