the unisphere

Flings shoes.

Mademoiselle. June 1964. 

I’m a New York native, specifically from Queens, so of course I fell in love with this ‘64 World’s Fair era ad featuring the iconic Unisphere. It was commissioned to celebrate the beginning of the space age and became a symbol of unity. Also, Queens is considered to be the most ethnically diverse county in the world and there are approximately 800 languages spoken in the borough. 

anonymous asked:

DO YOU KNOW. WHAT I NEED. I NEED DATES WHERE PETER AND MJ (and ned i just dont ship them that way but its cute anyway and fine if you want to include him!!) GO FUCK AROUND AT THE UNISPHERE AND SHIT AND THEY GO TO THE QUEENS MUSEUM AND MJ STUFFS A TWENTY IN THE BOX AND PETER GOES "it's a $5 SUGGESTED donation!!" AND MJ PUNCHES HIS SHOULDER AND SAYS "it's for the ARTS" AND AFTER THEY GET ICES AT THE LEMON ICE KING OF CORONA AND WATCH BOCCE BALL IN THE PARK ACROSS THE STREET corona is even that far

okay, i don’t know who you are or what you do but i wanna go on a date with you so bad holy fuck

anyway, imagine peter taking a picture of mj looking @ the paintings and posting it to instagram with a caption like “art admiring art” and mj comments something like “it’s an invasion of privacy to take someone’s photo without permission, delete this or i will be forced to report you”

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1964-1965 New York World’s Fair

“Many of the pavilions were built in a Mid-Century modern style that was heavily influenced by “Googie architecture”. This was a futurist architectural style influenced by car culture, jet aircraft, the Space Age, and the Atomic Age, which were all on display at the fair. Some pavilions were explicitly shaped like the product they were promoting, such as the US Royal tire-shaped Ferris wheel, or even the corporate logo, such as the Johnson Wax pavilion. Other pavilions were more abstract representations, such as the prolate spheroid shaped IBM pavilion, or the General Electric circular dome shaped “Carousel of Progress” (excerpt from Wikipedia)

In order of Appearance:

  1. United Nations Headquarters
  2. Model of Fair at Flushing-Corona Park, Queens NY
  3. General Motors Pavillon
  4. Kodak Pavillon
  5. Republic of China (Taiwan) Pavillon
  6. Travelers Insurance Pavillon
  7. US Steel’s Unisphere (still standing)
  8. Vatican Pavillon
  9. US Royal Tires Pavillon and Wheel
  10. General Electric’s Tower of Light
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Wrapping up this mini worlds fair series, there’s this gorgeous mural in the pavement near the Unisphere, and if you look close you can see the shapes of all four Disney pavilions. In order, Ford, Lincoln (Illinois), Small World (Pepsi/Unicef), and Carousel of Progress (General Electric)

THE FAIR Are you ready? It’s here!!
The long-awaited New York World’s Fair, which took four years to create, opens its doors to the first of 70,000,000 expected visitors. Dominated by the Fair’s symbol THE UNISPHERE (which means Peace through understanding) the billion-dollar-baby of Robert Moses covers 646 acres…”

From: Universal Newsreel Volume 37, Issue 33, 04/23/1964

The 1964 New York World’s Fair opened fifty years ago this week, on April 22nd, with the theme of “Man’s Achievements in an Expanding Universe.” If this extended Universal News story leaves you with the impression that the fair was not a runaway success, that’s because it wasn’t. The fair was not sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions, and it was sandwiched between the official 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Expo 67 in Montreal, making it a less compelling draw. The opening day’s unfortunately dreary weather was emblematic of the entire two-season event; total attendance for the fair came in at fifty-one million, yet that fell short of the expected seventy million visitors. You might recognize the Unisphere sculpture and “flying saucer” towers in the still below from the 1997 film Men in Black, where they feature prominently.

via Media Matters » This Week in Universal News: The New York World’s Fair Opens, 1964

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Morning long run (11 miles) through the towns around our hotel, featuring lots of hills and a teeny tiny frogger.
Walking with Dad and Alexandra after delicious breakfast
The Unisphere, more Maker Faire adventures (R2D2 replicas, 3D printers, Heavy Meta Dragon, and so many other things!), and the NY Hall of Science
Thai food truck lunch, and dinner with the crew at The 9W Market restaurant
We walked around all day and had SUCH a great time! I’m still playing it all over in my mind