The boathouse still shelters vessels that ply the murky lake, but it is otherwise nearly forgotten. Years of abandonment and neglect have tarnished any traces of World's Fair grandeur.
After years of planning, the city Parks Department expects to begin a $6.5 million restoration of the historic boathouse early next year.
Giving the dilapidated structure a much-needed makeover will allow the boathouse to anchor a revitalization of the southern portion of the sprawling Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, said Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski.
Grand fixes for one of last 1939 World's Fair boathouses