Week of Walks #1: A World of Tomorrow in Queens

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It was a blustery day at best but a bunch of intrepid walkers braved the drizzle and the chill for the Week of Walks #1: A World of Tomorrow in Queens. Thanks to all who bundled up and to Core77 for rallying the troops! Here we are pondering the Unisphere (which I can never ponder without thinking about Men In Black).

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Our quest to see the structures left over from the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs was especially fun because Fairground enthusiast Andrew Sloat brought along his original guidebooks to both Fairs, plus maps and books with awesome photos.

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Andrew also talked about the volunteer effort he’s taking part in to help preserve the terrazzo Texaco map of New York state (with every Texaco gas station on it) at the Philip Johnson-designed New York State Pavilion. The structure was recently declared a state landmark but still needs a lot of work. Our brilliant idea: Have Texaco sponsor the renovation!

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At the Queens Museum of Art, as we hovered over the scale model of the 1964 Fairgrounds pointing out all the buildings we’d seen, we actually met a man who attended it! He remembered seeing the General Motors pavilion the most. Then we got a guided tour of the museum’s memorabilia collection as well as the updated Panorama of the City of New York (Shea Stadium is already gone, and Citi Field is shiny and new).

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Our last stop was the New York Hall of Science, where it was too rainy for Rocket Park Mini Golf, but we did get to see the Charles and Ray Eames-designed Mathematica exhibition for IBM. More photos are this way.

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And of course, no Space Age-themed Gelatobaby walk would be complete without astronaut ice cream. Neapolitan, even! It was pretty gross.

Tuesday we’re in Times Square with Worldstudio and SVA, which I assure you will not be gross (even the weather is planning to cooperate). Check the schedule, and I hope to see you on the streets!

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