One of the things Socks and I have wanted to do for the longest time was to travel out to Flushing Meadow and return to the site of the old NY World’s Fair. Somehow, this trip kept on being delayed, but yesterday we finally did it! Turns out, one can take the #7 subway right there–second to last stop! Most of the people on the train with us were heading to the same locale. But while their goal was to see the US Open (tennis), ours was to time travel.
It’s amazing to think that I hadn’t been to this spot in 49 years! It was a beautiful, sunny day with far less viewers than in ’64 or ’65 (or I imagine ’39). It was kind of wild standing in front of the Unisphere again enjoying both the past and the present.
The statue of The Rocket Thrower is still there, as are the blue pool structures–although they are now waterless and they more often serve as terrain for skate boarders and soccer players.
Gazing around, the towers of the NY State Pavilion are clearly visible and the building serves as some sort of a theater, which was closed during our visit.
The Queens Museum, standing directly opposite the Unisphere, has a collection of artifacts from both World’s Fairs. The collection is not immense, and is somewhat haphazard (We are guessing people donated most of the objects) but it was fun to peruse the items and to ooh and ahh in familiar recognition.
While in the museum, the thought crossed my mind that there must be some sort of a marker where the time capsules are buried. Little did I know that this would become the hunt of the day! I believe at least 4 museum personnel were asked, along with one police officer and two park rangers. No one knew where the site was. Unbelievable! If only we could remember where the Westinghouse exhibit was located–or if someone (including the aforementioned!) had a map of the park. Finally, determination, persistence, and a lot of walking paid off and the site was found.
By now, the sun was starting its descent and it was time to head home. But what a day!