World’s Fair pavilion in Queens to briefly open doors for tours

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The 1964 World’s Fair pavilion will reopen for a few short hours on Tuesday. Visitors can stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to tour the long-closed space at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
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Fifty years ago, Queens welcomed thousands of New Yorkers and visitors alike through at the 1964 World’s Fair pavilion.

Dozens of exhibitors showcased industrial feats over the span of two summers before the showcase ended. Five decades later, iconic remnants of the days gone by remain, albeit in need of some elbow grease.

On Tuesday, Queens borough leaders will launch an quick afternoon of tours through what’s left of the old pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Volunteers from the Pavilion Paint Project and the Parks Department will walk visitors through the Tent of Tomorrow, the open-air space whose floor at one time featured the world’s largest map and has suffered extensive damage over the years since its debut.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., visitors can also walk around other remaining structures from the original pavilion still in use, including the Theaterama, now in use as the Queens Theatre.

Those interested in looking at the space can stop by to the east of the Tent of Tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Parking will be available in the south lot by the Queens Theatre, or riders can the Flushing-bound 7 train to the Mets-Willets Point station.

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