Events June 2023

Photo: Samantha Marsden

Exploring the NY World’s Fair Remnants at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

June 4, 2023

The 1964–1965 New York World’s Fair was an uplifting showcase of mid-20th-century American culture and technology, and bastion of the Space Age held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. Join New York Adventure Club and travel back in time to explore this global exposition that covered 646 acres, featured over 140 pavilions, 110 restaurants, exhibitors from 80 nations, 24 states, and over 45 corporations. The fair introduced the world to technologies of the future including color TV, picture phones and even the Ford Mustang.

The tour is by Lloyd Trufelman and will include:

  • The origins of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, and why it was built on the ground plan of the previous iconic 1939 New York World’s Fair
  • A discussion around notable exhibits and pavilions from the fair, including General Motors’ “Futurama” moving chair ride through the future, Walt Disney’s debut of Audio-Animatronics, and a bomb shelter modeled as an underground home
  • The fair’s most controversial issues, including civil rights, the Vietnam War, and the art of Andy Warhol
  • Why the fair capped the career of Robert Moses, New York’s legendary power broker, along with his grand plans for Flushing Meadows Park
  • A visit to remnants from the fair that still exist today, including the NYC Pavilion/Queens Museum, Unisphere, NY State Pavilion, Hall of Science, and others 

Sunday June 4, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Meet at David Dinkins Circle in Flushing Meadows Corona Park