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Six of the coolest plans to reimagine one of Queens most-iconic landmarks

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Howard Halle

A survivor of the 1964 World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion was one of two structures (the other being the Unisphere) left standing in Flushing Meadows Corona Park after the fair closed in 1965. Designed by Philip Johnson and dubbed the “Tent of Tomorrow,” it featured the world’s largest suspension roof and a 567-panel terrazzo road map of New York state. For many years, the pavilion served as a concert venue and roller rink, but in 1976, it was declared structurally unsound and closed to the public. Things haven’t gotten any better since then as the place has been left to rot over the past 40 years. Recently, efforts have been undertaken to redress this sad state of affairs. In 2013, New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation announced plans for a supposed $73 million restoration, but so far, the building has only received a fresh paint job. Still, the National Trust for Historic Preservation in combination with the group People for the Pavilion and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz announced a design competition to re-imagine the building with no restrictions applied. Some 250 proposals were submitted and this month, a panel of judges will announce, first, second and third place winners. On Friday, the Queens Museum opens a month-long exhibition of renderings from each project, but if you’d like a preview, we’ve selected some of the wildest ideas here.

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 Highline Walk to the Top of the Queens Fair Monument, submitted by U A Stern

Time Telling Machine, submitted by Jackson Tan

 World Table, submitted by Myung Duk Chung

 Queens Beacon, submitted by Eray Carbajo

 Out Of Gravity Museum, submitted by Luis Daniel Pozo

Flushing Meadows Farm, submitted by Studio Hillier

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