The city has set aside $5.8 million to renovate the abandoned New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The city Parks Department commissioned studies that showed it would cost roughly $72 million to fully restore the pavilion and make it available again for public use. The funds provided will go toward fixing the electrical system, and repairing the observation-deck platforms and staircases.
Mayor Bill de Blasio contributed $4.2 million of the funds, while the City Council and Borough President Melinda Katz provided the rest. Katz unveiled plans in February to assemble a task force to bring civic leaders and officials together to work on ways to save the “Tent of Tomorrow” and the iconic towers alongside it.
Designed by architect Philip Johnson, the historic pavilion was erected in 1964 for the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. [Queens Chronicle] — Mark Maurer