Terrace on the Park
52-11 111th St., Flushing
Terrace on the Park is another staple of the 1964 World’s Fair that has continued to be part of the Queens skyline for nearly 60 years. It was originally used as a helipad for the fair and is now a privately owned and operated catering hall that is popular for weddings, proms and other events.
The T-shaped building provides stellar views in all four directions, including an incredible view of the Manhattan skyline.
According to the city Parks Department’s website, chief architect A. Gordon Lorimer, engineers John Kyle and Ray Monte, and planning chief E. Donald Mills designed the 120-foot-high heliport for the transportation area of the fair. The T shape was meant to be a sign for “transportation.”
During the fair, the site featured the 1,100-seat Top of the Fair restaurant and the lower floor had a 400-seat cocktail lounge that served drinks from 24 locations around the globe. It also showed a 12-minute film on the features of the Port of New York and New Jersey on a 360-degree screen.