Queens celebrates two World’s Fair anniversaries
by Chase Collum
May 20, 2014 | 5751 views | 0 0 comments | 190 190 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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In remembrance of two World’s Fairs that changed the face of modern society, the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee hosted a 50th and 75th Anniversary celebration in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sunday, May 18, that was attended by roughly 60,000 people.

“Sunday’s World’s Fair Festival was an astounding success that brought people from across our diverse borough together to celebrate two momentous events in the history of Queens,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “I commend Parks, Assemblywoman [Marge] Markey, all the members of the World’s Fair Anniversary Committee and all of the festival’s sponsors for doing such an outstanding job of organizing such a wonderful event.”

Attendees enjoyed memorabilia, games, inflatable rides, crafts, 50-cent rides on the historic Flushing Meadows carousel, puppet shows, a visit by Mr. Met, and other activities including historic World’s Fair tours of sculptures and structures led by the Parks Department.

Joined by Markey and Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Katz presided over a mid-afternoon ceremony honoring Gilmore D. Clarke, the landscape architect who designed the Unisphere, the centerpiece of the 1964 World’s Fair, as well as several other elements of both the ’64 and ’39 fairs.

Katz and Markey presented proclamations honoring Clarke to his widow, Delores Clarke, during the ceremony. Lewandowski also unveiled a new plaque that explains the history of the Unisphere and Clarke’s role in its creation.

To bring the evening to a close, Beatles tribute band Liverpool Shuffle and the Queens Symphony Orchestra, which was founded by Katz’s father David, performed before a fireworks display ended the day.

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