From the Queens Courier:
The future of another former fair structure is not as certain -- the New York State Pavilion and its watchtowers that were made famous to new generations in the hit movie “Men in Black.” Although it remains standing, the building shows many obvious signs of wear and tear.
“I’m sorry about the New York State Pavilion because it just doesn’t seem safe,” Marshall said. “We would all like it restored, but we’ve got to be sure it’s safe.”
Bill Cotter, the co-author of two books on the 1964 World’s Fair, recalls seeing the pavilion used as a place to store garbage while he was in college and said that it is a shame what has happened to the building.
“It’s real sad to see it rusted and decaying,” he said. “That building needs an awful lot of work. I’d hate to see it being taken down.”
Lewandowski said that last year some emergency stabilization work was done on the structure. During the winter, with the help of funding from Unisphere, Inc., Lewandowski said a study of the Pavilion was conducted. The Parks Department is currently analyzing the data. Lewandowski said that the Department will meet to discuss the study and determine what should be done with the Pavilion.