On Wednesday, a coworker and I had an 11:00 meeting at the Olmsted Center (NYC Parks Dept headquarters) in Flushing, Queens in Flushing Meadow Park. Flushing Meadows Corona Park was also the the location of New York's 1964-65 World's Fair, National Tennis Center (home of the US Open), CitiField (where the Mets play) and a bunch of museums and tons of recreation spots.
As we were walking over from the subway to the meeting I asked my coworker if he had been to the Panorama of the City of New York at Queens Museum where they have a giant 1"=100' model of the entirety of New York City. He hadn't been, neither had I, but heard from many people that it was a great sight. After a very short meeting, the architect we were with mentioned the same exhibit I had mentioned earlier as well. And, said that the model gets updated from time to time with models that Architects from around the city donate. Well, my coworker was sold, we were going to check out the exhibit, it didn't hurt that we had both budgeted 1.5 hours of our day for the meeting which ended up barely 40 minutes. And, I had a meeting later in the day in Long Island City, Queens so it didn't make any sense to go all the way back into Manhattan then back out.
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Next up, is a view of Midtown Manhattan. The model was created in 1964 and mostly looks like the city did 50 years ago, although there have been some updates through the years. You can kind of see Laguardia Airport near the top of the picture, and one really cool aspect of this model is that they had planes taking off and landing at the airport!
This expansive view is from the south of Brooklyn. Just off the bottom of the screen would be Coney Island and to the bottom left is the on ramp for the Verrazano Bridge. The Bronx is at the top left and Queens the top right. Sorry Staten Island, I left you out. I took this picture for my dad, you can spot the building he grew up in near the bottom of the picture.
Last but not least, the martian spaceships. I don't know what these structures were actually for in the World's Fair, probably some exhibits and rides, but everyone knows them as the spaceships from Men In Black so I took a picture to share.
If you have an opportunity to check out this exhibit I Shariously recommend it. Even though it seems all the way out in Queens, it's actually a pretty quick trip from Manhattan.