To The Editor:
If any individual or group of individuals wish to dip into their pockets to the tune of tens of millions of dollars for a so-called rehabilitation of the rusting hulk remnant of the 1964 World’s Fair, the New York State Pavilion, which I believe should have been removed at the close of the Fair, that is their prerogative. In a city that requires huge amounts of money to maintain its infrastructure; roadways that still contain serious potholes; a lack of publicly-supported affordable housing, any public monies spent on the Pavilion fueled by misguided politicians and media press, is not in the public’s best interests and not warranted.
What has been ignored is the fact that a completion of the rehabilitation, which the Queens Tribune reports could cost in excess of $50,000,000 (Pavilion In 3D Scan To Aid Preservation Efforts – Queens Tribune June 12-18), would result in an open structure of minimal use. The so-called Tent of Tomorrow would only be able to be used a few short warm months and even at that for a concert or a gathering that could easily be held in one of the USTA stadiums in the park.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park has the dubious distinction of not only being the most used of any major municipal park in this City, mostly by the under privileged who do not have homes in the Hamptons or even back yards, but also under-funded and the recipient of a plethora of alien structures that do not belong in a park.
The removal of the Pavilion and the area grassed over, would be a step in the right direction in recognizing what urban parks are all about.
Benjamin M. Haber,