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The World’s Fair in Queens, New YorkWORLDS FAIR





The 1939/1940 and the 1964/1965 World’s Fairs
Towers from 1964-65 World's Fair at Flushing Meadows Park - Photo by John Roleke
Towers from 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows Park.  Photo by John Roleke

The World’s Fair was held twice in the New York City borough of Queens, once in 1939/1940 and again in 1964/1965 at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. These are the only World’s Fairs ever to be held over two seasons.

New York was also host to a World’s Fair in 1853, the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations held in Manhattan at what is now Bryant Park.

1939/1940 World’s Fair

This fair was the second largest ever held in the United States, second only to the St. Louis’s Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. Master planner Robert Moses used the fair as an opportunity to build Flushing Meadows Park, draining swampland and cleaning up the immense ash pile at the site known as Mount Corona. However, due to financial shortfalls, the park envisioned by Moses was not completed until the 1964/1965 fair.

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1964/1965 World’s Fair

The 1964/1965 World’s Fair was one of the high points of New York City history in the 1960s. It was a time of optimism before the travails of the Vietnam War and protest era. The fair attracted national and international attention and showcased the city that never sleeps and the dawn of the American Space Age.

Some 51 million visitors attended the fair. A generation of New Yorkers were touched by their visits to the fair. Strike up a conversation with New York Baby Boomers — anyone who was a child, teen, or young adult in the mid-1960s — and you’re bound to hear stories of the fair.

Legacy – Structures from the World’s Fairs

Some structures remains and have been repurposed at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, including:

  • 250-foot Towers of the New York State Pavilion (which still stand, somewhat precariously)
  • Unisphere
  • New York Hall of Science (a science museum which had been the Hall of Science)
  • The fair’s former Helipad is now the Terrace on the Park catering hall
  • World’s Fair Building/Churchill Tribute became the aviary at the Queens Zoo

The Queens Museum of Art is housed today in the former New York City pavilion from the 1939/1940 fair. The museum’s attractions include the Panorama, a scale-model of New York City built for the 1964/1965 fair, as well as exhibits and memorabilia of both fairs.



Cop who bought homeless man boots promoted

By Antonio Antenucci

November 26, 2013 | 4:26pm

The kind hearted cop who bought a pair of boots for a barefoot homeless man on a frigid night last year was promoted Tuesday to Detective.

Det. Larry DePrimo poses after the promotions ceremony at Police Headquarters.Photo: New York Post/Chad Rachman

Larry DePrimo, 26, made headlines in November for stopping to help Jeffrey Hillman, 54, in Times Square — buying him a pair of all-weather boots and thermal socks.

He was promoted to detective in an afternoon ceremony at 1 Police Plaza.

“It’s a dream come true, this shield is one of the most coveted shields I think in the country, maybe even the world.” DePrimo said. “I look down and it’s still unreal to me.”

DePrimo, who hasn’t seen Hillman since his act of kindness, would still like to meet up with him.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to meet him and see how’s he doing,” DePrimo said. “I’d shake his hand and ask him if he still wants to grab that coffee or some dinner.”

DePrimo was transferred from patrol in the 6th Precinct to the Queens Warrant Squad where the nick name “Boots” still sticks.

“The name tag in my office says, Larry Boots DePrimo, Queens Warrant Squad,” DePrimo said with a big smile.

Though he gained a lot of recognition for his good deed, his father, also Larry DePrimo, was quick to point out that his son’s charity wasn’t the only reason he was boosted up to detective.

“It’s important to remember Larry is not becoming detective today because he done something nice a year ago , his service record also speaks for itself too,” the senior DePrimo said.

His proud father also said that despite his son’s fame, he was just being a good person.

“He was arguably the most famous person in the world for 2 days,” the elder DePrimo said. “It still came down to Larry done something really nice for another person, that was the bottom line.”

DePrimo believes that even though he’s no longer in the public eye, he still has impacted people in a positive way.

“You know the attention has died down…I don’t think the effects it had on people has ever stopped,” DePrimo said. “I still will get ‘what you did inspired me to do a great thing for another person,’ that’s fantastic.“

Hillman, on the other hand, has been spotted as recently as March of this year still shoeless and having a sign on his back that reads “HOMELESS” while panhandling for money in the streets of Manhattan, even though he lives in a Bronx apartment.