Saturday, July 10, 2010
The truth about the Skystreak elevators
From the Daily News:
Futuristic elevators from a World's Fair landmark now lie shattered in a weed-strewn pile in Queens - two years after the city promised to protect the historic lifts, the Daily News has learned.
The SkyStreak pods from the New York State Pavilion are rotting in a jumble of twisted parts - a far cry from the 1964-1965 expo, when they soared to the highest point of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
After the fair ended in 1965, the steel-and-glass capsules were left at the mercy of decay and vandals - as one rusted away in a pit beneath the pavilion, and the other was stuck mid-rise at 150 feet.
The city Parks Department stripped the pods off their cables in July 2008, fearing parts might blow off in strong winds. At the time, both were largely intact.
The agency's historic preservation director, John Krawchuk, said then that the city was retaining the elevators so they "could easily be replicated" in the future.
"Bullshit ! Translation = Drawings or perhaps a non working model...
The building’s old manager Charlie Aber who now owns an aircraft company out west contacted Otis Elevator who can replicate them. Otis still has all the engineering diagrams, plan’s and schematics. Charlie offered his engineers and some funds to stabilize the building.
Its an amusement elevator design for the period that used a single electric motor that allowed the 2 pods operate independently.
I saw the elevators up close. The one car that was up away from the vandals looked good (aside its fiberglass skin) now its stripped, its control panel and stainless steel headliner with all the lights - gone.
With the 2nd elevator out of the service pit, the systems motor and control room has been stripped as well." - Joe