Friday, January 4, 2013
From the Queens Chronicle:
The New York State Pavilion’s rotunda received an unwelcome addition over the last month: graffiti riddling its crumbling, red-and-white interior walls.
Over a dozen “tags” now line the World’s Fair landmark’s interior ring, with bubble letters in various shades set at 6- to 10-foot intervals. The adjacent towers that supported what is left of the “Tent of Tomorrow” also have sporadic scrawls.
The vandalism — or street art, depending on whom you ask — has frustrated a motley crew of preservationists who have spent years trying restore the pavilion ahead of their big plans for the World’s Fair’s 50th anniversary in 2014.
The exact source of the graffiti is unknown. The Parks Department said in a statement the NYPD is investigating the incidents as part of its citywide vandalism task force.
The agency added it will remove the graffiti by its usual means, power washing, which it does with all landmarks, according to a spokesman.
The agency said the vandals broke in by cutting out a section of the fence surrounding the pavilion. Keeping them out is another matter, according to preservationists.