New York State Pavilion Opening Ceremony & Tour

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Photograph: Museum of the City of New York
Looking north towards 1939-40 World’s Fair site, 1939
If you only recognize the space-agey steel and concrete structure inhabiting Queens’ Flushing Meadows–Corona Park from its cameos in Men in Black and Iron Man 2, then it may be time to brush up on your outer-borough history: Built for the 1964 World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion has experienced several incarnations, including a roller-skating rink and a venue for concerts by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac and the Grateful Dead. Learn more about the iconic edifice on this rare tour, which kicks off a six-month celebration of the grand exhibition’s 50th anniversary.
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