We’ve written a lot in the past about how the City has left Queens to rot when it comes to parkland, to its historic structures and to its symbols, and it seems as though we will have ample opportunity to continue.
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. We cannot imagine what the fair’s attendees would think of what has become to the New York State Pavilion, which was built for the event. The pavilion has shared its fate with any number of historic structures in Queens that has received little or no attention from the City.
Given its history, how the New York State Pavilion was never granted landmark status is as baffling as it is negligent. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has always taken great pride in his protection of landmarks throughout the City, but it seems as if he has a blind spot when it comes to Queens, and especially when it comes to the pavilion. He should be ashamed of the condition the pavilion is in.
But the blame does not fall solely on Bloomberg. There are 50 years’ worth of Mayors and Parks Commissioners who have allowed the pavilion to fall into disrepair, and each of them shoulder an equal share of the blame for the site’s miserable state.
Despite the price tag, we hope the City decides to restore the pavilion. The timing could not be better to announce a renaissance for the structure.
We must stop trying to destroy our history, burying it under shiny new objects. It’s unconscionable that we have let the New York State Pavilion fall into such disrepair, and it is time we corrected that mistake.