New York State Pavilion Abandoned Observation Towers and Tent of Tomorrow

The unused Tent of Tomorrow and New York State Pavilion Observation Towers are located on the Avenue of the States, Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, Corona, Queens, New York.

The New York State Pavilion Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers were built for the World’s Fair that took place in 1964 and 1965 in New York.

The Tent of Tomorrow was designed by architect Philip Johnson and is elliptical in shape. Its concrete piers once supported the largest cable suspension roof in the world. Originally the concrete floor of the Tent was a large scale Texaco map of the State of New York. After the red ceiling tiles were removed in the late 1970’s the floor has undergone years of elemental abuse.

The Observation Towers are 3 concrete pillars with platforms slowly falling into decay without use. They were featured and used in the movie Men in Black, where they were said to be space ships. The tallest tower is 226 feet tall with the other 2 being 160 feet and 85 feet tall.

Some parts of the Pavilion still gets some use today while other parts fall into ruin. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2009.

You can find these futuristic endeavors with these coordinates. 40.743862,-73.844347.

Images 2, 3 and 4 used under Creative Commons License Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic. Images by ddrmaxgt37 / Flickr.

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