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The Unisphere is one of the most iconic and visually recognizable sites in Queens. In the summer of 2017, it was in the first scene of Marvel’s megahit superhero movie The Amazing Spider-Man. It was built as part of the 1964 World’s Fair, during which the theme was “Peace Through Understanding.”
It has come to represent the melting pot that is Queens. The Unisphere was built upon the foundation of the Perisphere, which was part of the 1939 World’s Fair. The fair was also dedicated to “Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe,” a cultural ideal that the borough has come to embrace.
The Unisphere was designed by Gilmore D. Clarke, a popular landscape architect of the time. Robert Moses, who was the Parks commissioner for the city at the time, turned down another design and then asked Clarke for help. According to the Parks Department’s website, Clarke drew his initial idea for the Unisphere on the back of an envelope and Moses liked it.