City parks officials are poised to unveil a sweeping new blueprint for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Tuesday.
The plan envisions replacing swaths of concrete with green lawns, opening up the waterways and improving access from surrounding neighborhoods.
Under the new master plan, several of its most prominent structures from the 1964-65 fair, including the Unisphere and the New York State Pavilion, would be preserved and maintained.
But Benepe said some other fair remnants may have to go.
"There are some very large pathways designed for people to walk from one exhibit to another," Benepe said. "They are essentially pathways to nowhere.
"We can eliminate some of the unnecessary asphalt and make the park greener."
One proposal would raze the Fountain of the Planets to create an open green space - similar to the Great Lawn in Central Park and Long Meadow in Prospect Park - that could be used for large gatherings.
Sweeping makeover for Flushing Meadows-Corona Park