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City Solicits Bids For Repairs For 1964 World's Fair New York State Pavilion

July 02, 2018 - 7:51 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The New York State Pavilion was once a prominent part of the 1964 World’s Fair, but it is now a modern ruin – gathering rust in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.

The city is again soliciting bids this summer for a contractor to make structural repairs and install ambient lighting.

It is a project that preservationists are rallying around to revive the decaying pavilion, hoping to make it new again.

The Department of Parks and Recreation previously looked for a contractor, but was not happy with the responses.

The pavilion has been abandoned since 1965. When it was open for the fair, its three space-age Astro-Towers were accessible by capsule elevators, CBS New York reported.

The shorter towers held cafeterias, while the tallest – 226 feet high – held an observation deck, CBS New York reported.

In 2015, some teenagers got into trouble for climbing the dangerous Astro-Towers and taking photos for their own social media, CBS New York reported. Law enforcement officers found them all the way at the top of the tallest of the three structures, CBS New York reported.