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Enter the 1964 NEW YORK STATE PAVILION-Open Gate on Opening Day!

  • Apr 22, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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The New York State Pavilion Paint Project Crew and NYC Parks invite the public to a RARE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY!

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Opening Day of the 1964/65 NY World's Fair, we will be opening the gate to allow limited access so guests can view and take photos of the interior. The Paint Crew will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the past, present, and future of the structure we are so passionate about. Hardhats are required and will be provided for our visitors.

As NY World's Fair fans know, the New York State Pavilion was representative of the host of the fair, New York State. Nelson Rockefeller charged architect Philip Johnson with creating a pavilion so grand that it would leave an impression on every visitor and leave an impression it did, even to visitors today. And especially with a new coat of paint! After you have enjoyed the spectacular sights and taken your photographs, be sure to linger in the park to participate in other Opening Day festivities.

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  • Fred S.

    Hi John,
    The NYS Pavilion event was fantastic. The wait on the line was long, but it allowed strangers to meet, and tell stories. The job inside the Tent of Tomorrow, that you, Gary, Jim, and the others did in restoring the vibrant color, signs, cleaning up, displaying sections of the original map, etc. created a fun atmosphere. In addition to all of this, you brought back the world`s fair feeling to Flushing Meadows, that rivals the feeling during the US Open.
    If only the Parks Dept. would have had some vision, and turn the fountains on around the Unisphere. There were people who came to relive memories, as well as create new ones, and the fountains would have been the icing on the cake.
    Again, great job, and Thank You!!
    Fred Stern

    3 · April 27, 2014

  • John P.

    Thank you for all coming, I know the line was long and the wait even longer. But I hope it was worth it. As it took us almost five years to get this great pavilion ready for you... Thanks again ... John

    5 · April 27, 2014

  • Greg

    Oh forget to mention, I did see Gary and also, I'd like to thank John Piro and all who made this possible. Lets do it again soon!

    April 24, 2014

  • Greg

    Was it worth the long wait? No. Did I end up meeting up with members from this group? No. (But wish I did). Did I have a GREAT TIME? A resounding YES YES YES! Would I do it again? YES YES YES! This was an old fashioned "Happening". I met so many nice people, made some new friends, shared some terrific memories and was so GLAD I went. I'd love to see them renovate the whole pavilion (costly as I know it will be) but my god, would it be nice!

    3 · April 24, 2014

  • Yolanda

    No one (including the organizer Thomas) thought there would have been that many people there. That is what he told me when I saw him there. I was not prepared to wait for 2+ hours on a line and I could not have gotten there any earlier than I did (10:45am). I expected to be able to easily find other Meetup members, not just happen to run into them on line so you have to admit that could have been better organized. However, I am glad that I went, but it was not what I expected.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Virginia W.

    I had a great time at all the events and thanks to all who made the day possible. I was really disappointed that having signed up to get into the NY State Pavilion I couldn't get in without waiting in such a horrible line which I wasn't able to do, meanwhile three year old children got in. I thought that having signed up for the event I would be confirmed to get in without waiting in such a horrible line.

    3 · April 23, 2014

    • jim

      That was my thought too. I thought those that signed up here weeks ago would be let in. I talked to Mitch at about noon and he said I'd just have to wait on the line... In the and I gave up to go to Bill's talks. I heard later 'Come on back for May 18th' I have a chronically ill child, a intense job and live in Boston. Coming down to NYC is a once every two year affair for me...

      2 · April 24, 2014

    • jim

      PS - Sorry if that sounds negative. Still support this effort 100%! And I am sure this was a learning experience. But some of us will be outta luck despite the best efforts, I suspec.

      2 · April 24, 2014

  • Artie D.

    I saw some negative comments I got there at 9ish knew there would be a crowd and limited availability got in at[masked]nd group did my 15 min of fame relaxed had a picnic lunch like old times walked around talked to others got interviewed went to the talks and movie would do it all again well planned and presented THANK YOU PAINT CREW BILL AND ALL!!!!!!!!!

    2 · April 24, 2014

  • Jack M. B.

    I got there at 10Am and got in at 2pm. Great to talk with the people in line. Having missed the opening day 50 years ago, it was worth the wait!!
    The 3pm was just outstanding!!What a great presentation.
    And the 5pm film showed tremendous labor and effort.
    It was a great day for me!!

    3 · April 23, 2014

    • Bill C.

      Thanks for the kind words. It was a fun day meeting everyone.

      2 · April 24, 2014

  • Jack M. B.

    RSVP'd and was there. Met some of the Meetup bunch in the crowd. What a delight of life to see so many people all calm and happy and enjoying each other and the park and the event!!!

    2 · April 23, 2014

  • Gerry R.

    The line to get into the Pavilion was way too long for me, but it was great to see such a big turnout for the event and to chat with fellow Fair lovers throughout the day.

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • jim

    Never did make it in. Many folks waited from 11am to get in about 3pm. I physically can't stand that long on lines like that. Guess I blew my chance. Still, glad to see the general public taking an interest.

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Yolanda

    Apparently more people showed up than expected. Not enough hard hats for everyone. Not very organized. I took a picture through the fence, went to the museum then left. Didn't feel like waiting on that line!

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Ron

    I hope to see you all later in the day--I'm unable to get there by 11 AM. Should be a great day!

    April 22, 2014

  • John D.

    Look forward to seeing fellow Worlds Fair fans tomorrow!!

    April 21, 2014

    • Richard

      Hi John! Look for us. Most of the "Pavilion Paint Crew" are leaders of this meetup group. We will be wearing meetup badges. Come say Hi!

      April 21, 2014

    • John D.

      Will do!!

      April 21, 2014

  • Gary

    Hey Rich Post, how did you wind up in the Not going category? I think you're falling asleep after all the painting, etc. You can't let Bill C. out RSVP you. Make it a tie with RSVP's, and you can start a friendly rivalry.
    How about it guys? Winner gets a Belgian Waffle from loser. And Curtis' screening is moving up fast. If he doesn't win RSVP race, I'll personally buy him a waffle.
    Come on all you members. Get those RSVP's in for 3 great events!
    And a fun day back at the Fair.

    1 · April 20, 2014

    • Richard

      YOU BETTER BELIEVE I'M GOING!!! If I do rsvp that I'm going, the MeetUp software will put me first on this long list. Nope! JOHN PIRO our true host should get top billing! John's the one who started painting four and a half years ago!

      April 20, 2014

    • Richard

      There are always a few members who attend our MeetUps without rsvp-ing. Everyone's welcomed, but why not be counted? If you think you will attend, if you are trying to get there, RSVP YES! Thanks!

      April 20, 2014

  • Bill C.

    Jack - 1) The parking lots at the park will be open as usual, but probably more crowded than usual.

    2) NYSP - speeches at 10:45 by politicians. Gates open at 11 and the plan is to close at 2.

    3) My talks are at 3 and 7. Curtis' film is at 5. Free tickets are available by calling the museum box office. We have no idea what crowds to expect so having a ticket will guarantee you a seat, plus help the theater folks with some logistical planning.

    For those not driving the Theater will be running shuttles to the subway before and after my talks.

    Hope to see you there!

    April 19, 2014

  • Jack M. B.

    I have some questions abou Tuesday.

    I will be driving. What is the parking situation?

    Re the NY State. Is this starting at exactly 11am? Or between 11am and 2pm?

    Re the afternoon talk and the film screening at 5, are we going to need tickets?

    Seems like there is going to be a lot of people there on Tuesday.

    with thanks,
    jack

    April 19, 2014

  • David A.

    Thanks - I'm the creator of The New York World's Fair (1964/1965) Facebook Group. I started it just before the 25th Anniversary Event, and I am looking forward to meeting many of the same people, as well as some new faces on the 22nd. Thanks & See You At The Fair!

    4 · April 16, 2014

  • Mitch S.

    All the public is invited to enter for the photo op including meet up members. Hard hats are required and will be loaned to guests. Look for event updates at nyspproject.org

    4 · April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will the people in this meet up be able to enter?

    March 31, 2014

    • JMohan

      yes, I had the same question. According to the ny1 report, we will have to wear hard- hats also...

      April 1, 2014

  • Richard

    The New York State Pavilion Paint Crew put in a 12 hour work shift yesterday. Nine of us. Crunch time. It's March 22. We have until April 22. The day the 1964 Fair opened. John & Mitch gave Time-Warner Cable's NY1 News the exclusive early coverage of their paint project and the "Open-Gate" event next month. They were here taping us.

    On Monday 3/24/14, throughout the day, NY1 will broadcast a 2 minute report of this grassroots group and the Ready for Prime-Time Pavilion!

    March 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be awrsome

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • John P.

    Working on the Pavillion has been a labor of love, our paint crew has put hundreds of hours of work in this project so this iconic building might live again.

    1 · March 21, 2014

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