Once portals to the highest point of the 1964 World's Fair, two futuristic elevators are being stripped from cables on the New York State Pavilion this week - for fear parts might fly off in strong winds, officials said.
Contractors have already removed one "Sky Streak" lift - which had been rotting away in a pit beneath the tallest of three towers - and are trying to reach another stuck mid-rise at 150 feet for decades.
The city finally set out to remove the pods after heavy gusts sent debris - probably from an elevator shaft door - onto the roof of the neighboring Queens Theatre in the Park last month, officials said.
City begins stripping Sky Streak's two rotting '64 World's Fair elevators
Greg Godfrey, president of the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park World's Fair Association, accused the city of dismantling the pavilion so it would be less likely to gain landmark status.
"They're creating the perfect glide path for demolition," he said, noting the lifts were the last reminder that fairgoers were whisked to the observation deck in what was then futuristic style.