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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the NYC World's Fair

More than two thousand visitors, near and far made the trek to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York last month for a special, limited public viewing of the New York State Pavilion’s interior. 

The rusting monument, designed by acclaimed architect Philip Johnson for the World’s Fair, was recently recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

A local resident who was in line advised a pair of London tourists to “forget about English manners,” and to “pick up some New Yorker pushing and shoving” to make the line cut-off for entrance. Another local remarked that she remembered waiting with her parents to enter the pavilion in 1964, when she was just eight-years-old. “The lines were just as long then,” she said with a sigh.

For those who missed the New York State Pavilion’s sneak peek in April should seize the opportunity for a second viewing on Sunday, May 18th, at the World’s Fair Anniversary Festival.

The World’s Fair anniversary festivities continue just a few steps from the New York State Pavilion. Neighboring the eye-catching Unisphere is the Queens Museum. The museum is highlighting its exhibition, ‘13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair. Back in 1964, up-and-coming pop artist Andy Warhol had stirred a small controversy regarding his installation. As part of a series of public commissions for the New York State Pavilion’s exterior, Warhol chose to enlarge and install police mug shots featuring New York City’s 13 most wanted criminals of 1962. The installation was painted over after a few days under the directions of Fair officials.

The Andy Warhol exhibition will be on view at the Queens Museum through September 17.

The activities and events at the World's Fair Anniversary Festival on May 18 will be free and open to the public.

Pearly Huang is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure.

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