NEW YORK STATE

Looming over the New York State pavilion are three observation towers, one of which is the tallest structure at the Fair (226 feet). Beneath the towers is the Tent of Tomorrow, the world’s biggest suspension roof (it is larger than a football field), supported by sixteen 100-foot concrete columns. Translucent colored panels in the roof flood the interior of the tent with colors. On the main floor, Texaco Oil Company has made a mammoth map of the state in terrazzo. Around the map are a number of impressive attractions, including an exhibit by the New York State Power Authority, a fine arts museum, fashion shows and a restaurant. On the mezzanine, visitors have an opportunity to meet state legislators. Next to the Tent of Tomorrow is the Theaterama, a large, cylindrical movie theater decorated with controversial “pop” art.

The New York State Pavilion is a massive complex, and was easily seen from any section of the Fairgrounds. This photo was taken on Meadow Lake Bridge and shows the pavilion looming over the nearby Astral Fountain. A comparison to the height of people in the picture helps show how large the building is. (CD #23 Set 124 #4)


 

Immediately recognizable to fans of the movie "Men in Black", or to passengers arriving at nearby LaGuardia Airport, the three observation platforms of the New York State pavilion were a very futuristic design back in 1964. This view, taken from the pavilion's Mezzanine level, shows the enclosed lower level, which was a VIP lounge for visiting dignitaries. (CD #6 Set 22 #35)


 

A beautiful shot of the Unisphere, taken from the New York State towers on a beautiful August day in 1964. (CD #27 Set 146 #5)


 

Several pieces of artwork were hung on the walls of the theater portion of the pavilion. The girl with her arms crossed was painted by Roy Lichtenstein. For those who like to know such things, this was his first large-scale work, measuring 240x192 inches, and is oil and magna on plywood. Some of the artwork on the pavilion was well received, some ignored - and some controversial, such as a display by Andy Warhol that drew the unwelcome attention of Robert Moses and was quickly painted over. (CD #24 Set 127 #16)


 


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