Saturday, Queens celebrated both the 75th (1939-1940) & the 50th (1964-1965) anniversaries of the New York World’s Fair which took place in Flushing Meadows Park. Actually, that park was created specifically for the 1939 World’s Fair and then was host to the 1964 fair. Last year, I paid a nostalgic visit to the park as I had not been there since my family and I went to the 1964-65 World’s Fair (you can read the blog post by clicking here). Anyway, I thought I would head back to the park and be a part of this anniversary celebration.
It was a perfect day, blue skies, low humidity and a cool breeze; couldn’t’ve asked for better. Excited children and their parents were in abundance enjoying a day in the park with live music, international foods, games, bounce houses and slides, exhibits and tours. All for free!
I started my photographic day by taking a few shots from the boardwalk as I exited the #7 Train at Mets/Willets Point then spent a few minutes taking some abstract shots from an elevated open promenade before heading into the heart of the Park. I followed the music and came upon the Unisphere stage where I just caught the last song from the Supreme Reflections doing incredible renditions of the songs of the legendary Diana Ross and the Supremes! I hung around for a while longer to listen to the Latin sounds of the Karikatura fusion band before heading over to visit the two infamous World’s Fair landmarks; the Unisphere and the rusting remains of the New York State Pavilion. Note: the city is now in the process of giving this much loved piece of park history a long over due face lift. Huzza! Hurrah!
The first thing I noticed about the Unisphere was that the water jets surrounding it were dry. Last summer, they where shooting streams of water which burst into white mist creating a frothy nest for the ‘sphere to sit in. At first I was disappointed but, I realized I could now walk right up to this giant of a globe and get some nice abstract shots.
I continued my meader through the crowds grabbing a few people shots and then was happily surprised by an exhibit of cars from the 1930’s and 1960’s including the bright vermilion Monkees car (Hey, Hey we’re the Monkees….!) But, the star car of this show was James Bond’s sexy sleek 1963 Aston Martin! The muscle cars were flexing their macho and attracted a cute curly haired model with a giggling gap toothed smile and a regiment of freckles running across her nose.
My camera captured kids skate boarding, riding bikes and scooters. There were teams of men playing volley ball and even a game of Cricket was taking place. My wanderings took me across a pedestrian bridge above the Van Wyck Expressway towards the park’s huge man made lake. A bit of peace and tranquility from the music and happy mayhem by the ‘sphere.
Happy Diamond and Gold Anniversary to the World’s Fairs!