Flushing

During my recent trip to New York Liz took me out to the Flushing area of Queens. It was pretty cool – the China town there is really lively and the nearby park is great. The park was the site of the 1964/65 world fair and so it has things like the Unisphere and assorted other strange and cool 1960s futurist buildings.

The Unisphere is a 12 story high globe. When it was first built the bottom was a fountain designed to hide the base and make it look like it was sort of floating. I would like to see this but I prefer how it is now because its a cool place for kids and skateboarders to play in.

You might recognise this from Men in Black where it turns out to be a spaceship.

This is the Terrace on the Park which is no a banqueting hall / function room. It was also built for the World Fair – as a heliport! How cool is this building? An optimistic 1960s vision of the near future where we would all fly about and heliports would be part of everyday life. I think its spectacularly tacky and wonderful at the same time. We tried to see if there was a public bar there but they wouldn’t let us inside 😦

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