5.30.2007

THROWING A PARTY ON A SINKING SHIP










(photos from the remnants of the 1964 World's Fair in Queens, more here)

So a friend of mine is very ambitious, and on occasion he will throw a dinner party in abandoned hard-to-get-into locations in NYC. The last dinner was in the remains of the 1964 Worlds Fair in Flushing Corona Park in Queens. If you've ever driven past Laguardia airport, or seen the first Men In Black movie, you know what I am talking about. Huge saucers on poles, and an area/coliseum thing (the New York Pavilion) with a ceiling of rusting wires that looks like it is left over from The Warriors. I have wanted to get inside these places for years, and have done my own sniffing around, but to no avail. I have to admit that it was a bit of a dream come true to get to explore inside these rotting bizarre beasts. One particularly strange find was inside the arena. There are rooms inside the outer walls, and in one room appeared to be a sort of squatted practice space. There was still a drum kit, a keyboard, and sound equipment. Someone also found a demo cd and the drummer's diary. Pretty weird considering how run-down and creepy it was in there. But maybe that's just cause I went back later by myself to check it all out. This is the sort of thing that makes living here worth it. Very cool. Thank you, you-know-who-you-are.

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MP3:

So the original version of this song has been pretty popular, which means some people are really really sick of it. I still like it, mainly cause I rarely hear it (but that's mostly due to my not-going-out-in-public-much thing). Anyway, if you aren't up to your gills in it yet, you'll probably really like this bluegrassy version. I do.

•• Dawn Landes - Young Folks

A band's place in myspace.

7 comments:

  1. that... is intense.

    is there a shitload of security?

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  2. It's amazing what a bit of determination, research, timing, and good luck can do.

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  3. There used to be a guy that worked at the Queens Theatre in the park that had a band. His band rehearsed in one of the rooms of the NY State Pavilion. That explains the diary and demo.

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  4. Jess aka specialbunny6/02/2007 3:52 PM

    Hello! I'm jess, and i am a fan of the '64 world's fair.. our web community, peacethroughunderstanding.com came across your blog piece about this party, and we're quite impressed with your story! please feel free to visit the website and tool around, we have lots of information on the fair and we love to hear people's stories about exploring the remains of the New York State Pavilion.

    (and for the record, you take wonderful photographs)

    ~Jess aka Specialbunny

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  5. That's amazing. I'm totally jealous. Every time I drive past that site I always tell myself I'm going to investigate, but I never have. I agree that those are the kind of moments that make living in New York worth it. I just need more of them.

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  6. I am in awe and shaking with envy. Wonderful photographs of something that will certainly go the way of the scrap heap. When I was a young lad I rode the elevator to the top of the disks and have never forgotten it. Thanks for the photos and the ability to present the beauty of the site.

    Best

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  7. How did your guests get to the lower VIP deck of the towers? i thought the stairs were rotted so bad they were unusuable. Also did you use a generator for lighting? Cool photos by the way?
    Bruce

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