Worlds Fair in NYC's Globe an atraction?

Friday, March 1, 2002 6:56 AM

I always pass the now abanonded site of the former Wolrds fair in Queens N.Y and what is left are two towers that i belive slowly moved in circels and the globe. My father went back i think in the late 60's and he told me how he went into the two towers and how they moved and i belive he also told me that the globe had cars that went around it and you where able to see things inside the globe that where going ot be inavations for the furture?(be he dident get to go on it) ,I wanted to know if anyone knows anything about the worlds fair that was held back then in NYC and is the worlds fair still traveling and did the globe have gondal type cars on it? Thanks (p.s those two towers are the ones in men in black)

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Friday, March 1, 2002 10:07 AM
I think there is some info on http://www.modern-ruins.com although the site is rarely updated.

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Friday, March 1, 2002 10:35 AM
I Heard its now full of 1000's of wigs.

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Friday, March 1, 2002 11:13 AM

Your father is mixing up a bit of his history, I think.

The iconography of the 1939 New York World's Fair was the Trylon and Perisphere. Inside these icons (the Trylon was 700' tall, and the Perisphere 200'), there was an exhibit known as Democracity.

25 years later, at the 1964 World's Fair, a new icon was constructed. This was the Unisphere, which is the globe you see in Flushing today. The Unisphere stood exactly as you see it, with no ride or exhibit associated with it.

The two large towers, along with the large round concrete structure at their base, are remnants of the State of New York Pavilion of the 1964 fair. The larger towers housed a rotating restaurant, I believe, while there was an ice skating rink below the smaller ring.

Other remnants of the New York fairs include The Port Authority Pavilion, which is now a restaurant (who's name escapes me). The Florida Pavilion also stood dormant until a few years ago, when it was demolished. It stood at the side of the lake near the Long Island Expressway, and featured water-skiing shows and things.

One part of the fair that's still very alive is the Queens County Museum (again, I may have the name wrong). . .it's located axially with the Unisphere, and contains a scale model of New York City's five boroughs. The model is updated periodically (and will continue to contain the World Trade Center, if you're interested).

Here are some links with more information about the '39 and '64 World's Fairs, respectively.

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~1930s/DISPLAY/39wf/taketour.htm

http://naid.sppsr.ucla.edu/ny64fair/

Finally, there are still World's Fairs and Expos held around the world. I'm not too sure of the exact process that takes place in choosing a location, but I'd imagine it's not unlike what takes place with the Olympics.

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Friday, March 1, 2002 1:38 PM
B&R-The Chiller. The globe your thinking of is the one in Knoxville Tennese. I believe that its just a rumor that its filled with wigs.

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Friday, March 1, 2002 1:40 PM
I am not sure but the simpsons said the sun sphere in knoxwille is now filled with wigs but that may be false.
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Friday, March 1, 2002 1:57 PM

RCmuzikGuY said:
B&R-The Chiller. The globe your thinking of is the one in Knoxville Tennese. I believe that its just a rumor that its filled with wigs.

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Yeah I know it was on a Simpsons episode, I suggest you all see it.

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Saturday, March 2, 2002 4:12 AM

The Sun Sphere was built for the 1982 World's Fair. Inside, it contained observation decks and restaurants, but no ride-type vehicles. At least, I can't find any indication of such.

It currently houses offices overseeing the redevelopment of the sight.

It's also a might ugly building

http://users.vnet.net/schulman/1982/fair.html

A bit of digging reveals something that may fit the bill, though. At Expo '67, in Montreal, the United States pavilion was housed in a 3/4 geodesic sphere (Like Spaceship Earth, in Walt Disney World's Epcot) designed by Buckminster Fuller.

A monorail that traversed the site of the World's Fair (house partially on the land now occupied by La Ronde) passed through the exhibits in the United States pavilion.

So, maybe this is what your father recalls? It was round, it was the 1960's, and it had a tracked ride through it. . .

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*** This post was edited by Chernabog on 3/2/2002. ***

*** This post was edited by Chernabog on 3/2/2002. ***

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