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Volume XXIX, Number 6072
Thursday, Apr 03, 2014

Celebrations Planned For World's Fair Anniversaries

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

On March 28, NYC Parks First Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Assembly Member Margaret Markey, and members of the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee, to announce plans for six months of commemoration activities for the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World's Fair and the 75th anniversary of the 1939 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

“While many people remember the inventions first exhibited at the World’s Fairs, we all should know that Flushing Meadows Corona Park is also one of the Fairs’ enduring creations,” said Commissioner Kavanagh. “Over the past 75 years, Flushing Meadows has improved the lives of New Yorkers as a unique recreational and cultural destination. With these anniversary events we will take a look back at the Fairs, and a look forward to the future of Flushing Meadows – the World’s Park and Queens’ backyard.”

On Sunday, May 18, NYC Parks will present the World’s Fair Anniversary Festival, celebrating the 75th and 50th World’s Fair anniversaries with a day of free activities, including tours of historic World’s Fair sites.

At this celebration, New Yorkers will be able to enjoy:

World’s Fair memorabilia exhibits, a chance to record your own memories and share photos.

Live cultural music and dance performances.

Hands-on “Mini-Make” activities led by the Hall of Science.

50-cent rides on the historic carousel.

Puppet show and inflatable rides.

Face painting, crafts and a visit from Mr. Met.

Great food from around the world.

Exhibits in the cultural institutions of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Concert finale.

The festival will take place on Sunday, May 18 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The concert will then take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Rain or shine!

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