Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Terrace on the Park

This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

The Terrace on the Park was constructed for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair. The Port Authority of New York commissioned the structure as an “aerial gateway” for helicopter transportation from locations around New York City. Chief architect A. Gordon Lorimer, engineers John Kyle and Ray Monte, and planning chief E. Donald Mills designed the 120-foot high heliport for the Transportation Area of the fair. Horizontal and vertical windows create a large “T”, for transportation, on each side of the structure. The building’s four towers were topped by a helicopter-landing platform that measured 175 feet by 200 feet. 

The top floor of the exhibit featured the 1,100-seat Top of the Fair restaurant with terraces for visitors to enjoy the commanding view. The lower floors featured the 400-seat Drinks Around the World cocktail lounge that served aperitifs from 24 locations around the globe. The Port Authority Heliport and Exhibit Building also featured a twelve-minute film about the amenities of the Port of New York and New Jersey on a 360-degree screen.

Robert Moses (1888-1981) served as president of the World’s Fair Corporation for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, which opened on April 22, 1964 in Flushing Meadow-Corona Park. U.S. Steel constructed its symbol, the Unisphere, which still sits in the park today. The fair theme was “Peace through Understanding,” and hosted 80 countries, the United States government, 24 states, and the City of New York. Popular exhibitions included General Motors’ “Futurama II” that portrayed the world of 2064, American Telephone and Telegraph’s models of the Picturephone, the large dinosaur sculptures in Sinclair Oil’s “Dinoland”, International Business Machines (IBM) presentation of basic computers, the New York State Pavilion, the Hall of Science, and the intricate “Panorama” of the five boroughs in the New York City Building. 

Following the closing of the World’s Fair, the building continued as a restaurant and catering facility, valued by generations of New Yorkers for its city views. 

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There are currently 4 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Recreation CentersAl Oerter Recreation Center

New York City’s recreation centers and indoor pools remain closed to the general public until further notice to provide COVID-19 related services as well as free childcare options for children who are scheduled for blended learning. To learn more or to apply for the childcare program, please visit the New York City Department of Education’s Learning Bridges program page.

Once we reopen, NYC Parks will extend all existing recreation center memberships to cover the length of time we are closed to the general public.


Recreation CentersFlushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink

New York City’s recreation centers and indoor pools remain closed to the general public until further notice to provide COVID-19 related services as well as free childcare options for children who are scheduled for blended learning. To learn more or to apply for the childcare program, please visit the New York City Department of Education’s Learning Bridges program page.

Once we reopen, NYC Parks will extend all existing recreation center memberships to cover the length of time we are closed to the general public.


Anticipated Completion: Spring 2020

MarinasWorld's Fair Marina

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are service changes at this marina. Marinas, boatyards, and boat launches are open for personal use of vessels only. Group activities, social gatherings, vessel charters, and rentals are prohibited. Vessel servicing, fueling, and pumpout stations are open. Please maintain strict social distancing of at least six feet and clean and sanitize your vessels after each use. Also, transient and seasonal moorings will not be available for the 2020 season.

MarinasWorld's Fair Marina

Due to a major planned reconstruction project, Pier 1 at the World's Fair Marina is currently closed. Limited transient dockage is available for smaller recreational vessels - please contact the Dockmasters office at 718-478-0480 or VHF Ch71 for more information. There is no dockage available for larger vessels or commercial vessels, including passenger pick-up and drop-off. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back with the World's Fair Marina in the future for updates.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2021

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