Friday, October 16, 2009

NYS Pavilion fix - not as expensive as previously thought

From the Daily News:

Wooden beams that support the column-circled rotunda of the New York State Pavilion are so "severely deteriorated" that only costly, timely repairs can save the World's Fair relic, according to a study obtained by Queens News.

The ominous, 99-page report - secured through a Freedom of Information request - also describes gaping wall cracks, spalling (chipping and breaking) concrete and unraveling roof cables at the 45-year-old icon in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Stabilizing or preserving the space-age structure would cost between $20.3 million and $29 million, according to the engineering firm Robert Silman Associates, which was hired by the city to conduct the study.

Demolition of the Tent of Tomorrow, as the pavilion's elliptical centerpiece was known at the 1964-1965 World's Fair, would run $9.7 million, the study found. The city wants to conduct a second study, on the pavilion's adjacent trio of observation towers, before deciding how to proceed at the Tent, said Parks Department spokeswoman Trish Bertuccio.


Anonymous said...

Tear it down for heaven's sake, I say put this to bed - it's a sad story that has gone on too long - it too late!

Anonymous said...

Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn are the only place that are "important" to NYC.

If you think for a second anyone gives a shlt about QUeens you're off your rocker.

RIP Flushing, QUeens. 1645 - 1990

Anonymous said...

I notice there is never discussion about the three towers-- just the "tent of tomorrow". The towers, in my mind are the real gem in this structure. No one ever talks about what would be done with those, but I suspect full restoration is not being considered. Guess the city doesn't want to encourage base jumpers!

Anonymous said...

I second the motion. Tear it down. The stained glass roof and the map of the US are destroyed. This structure faced a painful death.
Such a shame.

Anonymous said...

To those who wish to see that historical landmark torn down, please tell us where you live so we can do the same to your homes...trolls! Saving historical treasures should be done at all costs because there are no second chances!!! It is not dead yet and restoration efforts are doable.

-Joe said...

What’s left of the map wall, rooms, kitchen and mezzanine walkway would have to come down to stabilize it anyway.
The crown support tubes are on on wooden pyles, they need to be backfilled
The observation towers are on steel pyles that can last 100 years, the issue is with the decks ---those are hung from cables off the top arms (yes the full vertical load).
The lower brackets just keep them from swaying.

I don’t know if the $ 20 million is just to stabilize or includes a decent restoration.

BTW That map is so bad they are better off picking out all the letters and stars and making a new one with them

Anonymous said...

Dont those park workers have a clue how much damage that ivy growing up the concrete collums is causing ?
Thats a good 3 years of growth easy. Nobody could take 5 minutes with hand a clippers at the bottom ?

How did those morons get jobs ?
Somethings real fishy here, nobody can be that stupid.
Perhaps workers were ordered to allow the ivy to damage the concrete.
Certain people belong in jail

CJ said...

Maybe that notion back in 1964/65 of the "Tent of Tomorrow" was real foresight after all.

In the New York City of tomorrow the rich will live in luxury apartments while everyone else will live in tents.

Who'd a thought it?

I remember going up to the top of those towers and enjoying the view during the fair years as well as enjoying concerts under the tent. I was a beautiful sight. Now maybe the city hall rat pack would rather we did not see what they have systematically destroyed since then.
New York is a city with no history, no pride, and no true grandeur. It is only about the pursuit of money. Think about all that has been destroyed in the past fifty years in the name of progress. Look what it has done to us.

Cow Shulman said...

Think about all that has been destroyed in the past fifty years in the name of progress. Look what it has done to us.

Like what I did with the Aquacade?

Sergey Kadinsky said...

If Brooklyn can keep its Eiffel Tower in Coney Island, why can't Queens?

I don't expect much action from Helen Marshall. Two terms as Borough President, and she still hasn't mustered the power to restore the crumbling 80-year-old nude outside Borough Hall.

Same goes for Claire Shulman, who presided over the demolition of the Aquacade, and the ongoing neglect of the nearby boathouse.

Oh, but Ms. Marshall was able to save a Redbird subway car from the scrap heap.

As Queens residents, why do we settle for less?

Anonymous said...

Marshall F_ed that up as well since its an R-20 series car not a true #7 line Redbird.
The R33 and R36 WF (Worlds Fair Bluebirds) as they came from the factory in 1964 became the classic Queens Redbirds.
Round bay windows for WF visitors.
Great vidio tribute here:
Perhaps Marshall thinks everybody is stupid ?

The Queens cars had larger windows on the side and spent their entire lifespans on the 7 line. When they arrived, they were painted blue and white. One still retains this color scheme. It is WF R33 9306, which is at the Transit Museum in Downtown Brooklyn.

Marshalls car is a R28 built by a different company that ran in the Bronx

Anonymous said...

Brooklyn's Eiffel Tower was originally from Flushing Meadows Corona Park from the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was called the Lifesavers (sponsor) Parachute Drop and was sold after the Fair closed.