Philip Johnson’s iconic New York State Pavilion is finally getting the restoration funding it deserves. New York recently announced that it’s setting aside $5.8 million for the World’s Fair landmark in Flushing Meadows Park. The money will go towards restoring the Tent of Tomorrow as well as the site’s two towers, which you may remember from the first Men in Black movie.
Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged a contribution of $4.2 million to the restoration project while the City Council and Borough President helped with the remainder of the funds. Although the cheddar will help spruce up the Corona park attraction, it’s a paltry amount compared to the total estimated $72 million it will take to restore the pavilion for public use. For now, the new funds will go towards fixing the electrical system and repairing the platforms and staircases on the observation deck.
Melinda Katz, who has been championing the restoration of the Philip Johnson structure since February, commended the city for recognizing the iconic nature of the pavilion. “Along with the nearby Unisphere, the New York State Pavilion has become a symbol of the borough of Queens that reminds us of the excitement and hopefulness the world felt at the beginning of the Space Age,” Katz said in a statement.
“The pavilion keeps us connected to that history, while it also serves as an icon of Queens that is recognized around the world,” she continued. “Its preservation will aid our efforts to rebrand Queens as a top-level tourist destination that we call ‘The World’s Borough.’”
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