Panorama Of The City Of New York
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Considered the crown jewel of the Queens Museum’s collection, the panorama was conceived as a celebration of New York City’s infrastructure by World’s Fair President Robert Moses for the 1964 fair. More than 100 people from architectural model makers Raymond Lester & Associates worked on the panorama over the course of three years.
The panorama is 9,335 square feet and built to scale. The Empire State Building is 15 inches tall, while the Statue of Liberty is only one and 7/8 inches in height. The model includes police precincts; firehouses; schools; hospitals; courthouses; libraries; public housing projects and water; gas and electric stations.
The Queens Museum opened in 1972 and, 20 years later, Lester & Associates was enlisted to bring the entire model up to date. Now, it includes each of the city’s 895,000 buildings—but also every park, street and bridge—constructed prior to 1992.
In 2009, the museum launched a program to secure funding to enable the model to remain up-to-date. Installations of recent years include Citi Field, Yankee Stadium, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and 27 buildings in Battery Park City.