Saturday, November 12, 2011
New plan for NYS Pavilion
From the Daily News:
Author Jeannette Remak wants to re-fashion the New York State Pavilion — built for the 1964 World’s Fair but left vacant for decades — into a tourist hotspot where vintage airplanes hang from the ceiling.
Remak has support from the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in East Elmhurst, which has offered interns to help run the museum.
Vaughn’s executive director of training, Domenic Proscia, called Remak’s vision “a great idea.” But he said the college would not provide funding.
Remak estimated that opening the museum in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park would cost at least $50 million and require a decade’s worth of renovations.
Remak, a former historian at the Intrepid museum in Manhattan, is counting on funding from Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. She met last Wednesday with Marshall’s deputy, Barry Grodenchik.
Marshall said in a statement that she couldn’t comment on the project since she had not seen a proposal. “Obviously, funding would be a major issue,” she said.
A spokesman for the city Parks Department, which is charged with maintaining the pavilion, said Remak’s plans are “too premature” for the agency to comment.