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  1. Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Turkey Day everyone! Or for us vegetarians, Happy Tofu Day... Don't forget to reflect upon all the wonderful things we have to be thankful for; including this PTU Board.
  2. TIMES/Ledger Article November 8, 2001

    To respond to your questions: "For example,will there be an environmental impact report on how the air quality,green space and wildlife will be affected by new parking facilities and roads that lead to them. Would any green space be lost in the process." The parking situation is being addressed accordingly without any further impact on air quality, green space and wildlife. We plan to use existing facilities, found around the park (lake, HOS, Shea Stadium, USTA, Allied Maintenance, and Park's Administration parking areas) that were designed originally for the fair. It is realized at times these lots will be filled to capacity due to events. If needed, an underground facility near the NYS Pavilion would be approached or, as an option, a two-story parking area next to the Queens Museum's lot would be considered. Ironically, did anyone ever do a study an environmental impact study on the Grand Central and Van Wyck Expressway's impact on the park? How about QTIP, which has cars parked along the green areas of the pavilion? The new ice skating/pool building which took up much green space and will need parking as well? The new HOS addition which is taking up more park land? Should I go on? Further, the park was built upon a garbage dump in which toxic wastes, ash and other debris were onced placed. What do you make of that for an "environmentally sound" place to bring your family? Ever see all those "humps" in the park and wonder what is going on? No impact study was done to my knowledge to address and correct these concerns. The park lacks master planning indeed. This is what we plan to assist the city officials to deal with as well. If FMCP is to remain a healthy, viable park, existing facilities needto be repaired and reused...exactly what we are trying to do. Otherwise it will return back into an ash/garbage heap (very much so like the Fountain of the Planets). [This message has been edited by Charles Aybar (edited 11-15-2001).]
  3. TIMES/Ledger Article November 8, 2001

    I think it is about time I clarify something that is important to all: Back in 1965, Robert Moses had the vision to save the NYS Pavilion for future generations to come. He saw the beauty in the design, had the mind set to believe this architectual wonder would serve best as a museum of the sorts. That is why the building was not torn down after the fair. Our proposal carries out this mission. We believe the parking situation, crowds and all the other possible scenarios that could come up will be professional and effectively dealt with. After all, the park did host over 53 million visitors at one time with very few neighborhoods barking about these problems. Another point that I must make very clear is concerning the Queens Theater in the Park (QTIP) building, which once was called the Theaterama. We have been gracious and kind towards all of those that work there, and for the most part, was received with dignity and acceptability. Further, QTIP faces the same problem that the Tent of Tomorrow faces--a poor foundation. In our research and dealings with Park's Dept. Engineering and the Queens Borough President's Office, we have found out so far, that QTIP's foundation was never "beefed up" after receiving the major renovations back in 1993. No one knows for certain that either this building is a floating slab or has wood piles underneath its foundation. Since poor records were kept, it is anyone's guess, but I am going out on a limb to say wood piles were most likely driven into the ground back in 1963, and are rotting the same as the main structure. NOTE: We need your help on this matter. IF ANYONE HAS CONSTRUCTION PHOTO'S OF THIS BUILDING OR ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT CAN BE VERIFIED PLEASE CONTACT ME AT ONCE! If it is a floating slab, that doesn't mean that the problem is resolved. Floating slabs, specially built upon a former garbage dump, will have its big problems as time passes. I stand to be corrected on these issues, but so far the evidence is clear. Now, I would like to move on with everyone's help in saving the structure from demolition and giving it a new purpose for all to enjoy. Thank you. [This message has been edited by Charles Aybar (edited 11-16-2001).]
  4. Click here to view: <a href="http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=2611418&BRD=1079&PAG=461&dept_id=170338&rfi=6" target="_blank">http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=2611418&BRD=1079&PAG=461&dept_id=170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 ://http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?...170338&rfi=6 </a> COMMENT: According to Queens Borough President Claire Schulman's office, the Park's Department DOES NOT have the "ultimate say" on the project. After 36 years of rotting, we have come up with a solution to the pavilion that is viable and so important to the community. That is why there's now jealousy about doing anything; further, as Robert Moses once said "critics building nothing" and that's what exactly happened all these years;. NOTHING. So, what do you put in a building that is open to all the elements and, how do you take advantage of the huge amount of space that rises over 10 stories high? Without any doubt, our Air & Space Museum concept is perfect for that structure. Oh, yes, we are OPEN to any and all other ideas or suggestions that will save the pavilion from demolition and have future reuse of it (that is if YOU think something else better that an "Air Museum" is appropriate). In the past, a few proposals were indeed offered to the city, but none proved to be worth while and offered a fully enclosed space such as ours. As reported, some are not happy with the plans...perhaps they feel since it wasn't their idea they should knock it. Human nature at its best, of course! WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? [This message has been edited by Charles Aybar (edited 11-08-2001).]
  5. Queens Chronicles Article/ November 2, 2001

    I must comment that the article had two items that were incorrectly reported. I have emailed my comments back to the editor, with the hope that it will be published next week under the story marked "opinion" (which, will be fact). Stern's remarks are unfound and will have to respond to many other political and social personalities/groups/organizations first before any action can be taken.
  6. Here is the latest news on our project regarding the NYS Pavilion: <a href="http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1862&dept_id=152512&newsid=2584413&PAG=461&rfi=9" target="_blank">http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=186...3&PAG=461&rfi=9</a>
  7. Thanks for the CD!

    Bill, Ray, and all SIP attendees: Thank you very much for the SIP 2001 CD! It was certainly a surprise to receive it in the mail yesterday. I listened to it (the CD) all last night and enjoyed hearing all the voices behind the PTU postings. When we get the stabilization going for the NYS Pavilion, I would suggest a get together for everyone associated with this website. We can call it SPARE; Stabilization Party After Receiving Endowment. Would YOU like to attend in the year 2002?
  8. Landmarks Preservation Response FYI

    Mary Ellen: The response sent to you was also sent to our project architect--Frankie Campione. It is similar to the one I received THREE YEARS ago! Looks like they are still sitting on their hands...
  9. Well it has been a busy day for me since I don't always have the opportunity to post as much as I would like to. Here is a very interesting website devoted to elevators and the like from the fair: <a href="http://www.theelevatormuseum.org/special_exhibit/motion/motion1.htm" target="_blank">http://www.theelevatormuseum.org/special_e...ion/motion1.htm</a> Good reading for all of us fans!
  10. Preservation Magazine, part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is featuring an article today regarding our Air & Space Museum project. Please click here to view: <a href="http://www.nationaltrust.org/magazine/archives/arc_news/102401.htm" target="_blank">http://www.nationaltrust.org/magazine/arch...news/102401.htm</a> Our personal thanks to the editor and PTU members for the continued interest and support! [This message has been edited by Charles Aybar (edited 10-25-2001).]
  11. I came across something interesting today on the web regarding the new--upcoming Queens Borough President's Office position. This question, along with the candidate's response (4 running)is on the web at: <a href="http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/servlet/QAServlet?qa=QueensPres&qkey=FlushingMeadows&ckey=HelenMMarshall&mode=short" target="_blank">http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/servlet/QAServlet?qa=Queens Pres&qkey=FlushingMeadows&ckey=HelenMMarshall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short://http://edebates.e-thepeople.org/ser...hall&mode=short</a> Also the responses were published in the Queens Tribune recently Take a look: "A gift to the city from NY State in 1966, this pavilion has been vacant since 1974. No money has been spent by the Queens Borough President's Office to make it useful. Do we continue to let it rot, and perhaps it will fall down, or can we make it into something the community needs and can utilize? What are you feelings?" Debbie B, Queens, New York I would like to hear from the community about their desires for this space. When I take office as Borough President, I plan to begin my dialogue with each community in the borough by means of continuous town hall meetings. --Carol Gresser, donkey One of my goals as Borough President is to turn Flushing-Meadows Park into a tourist attraction. As Borough President I would fight to secure state aid for refurbishment and upgrades. I would allocate money from my budget to accompany the state's money so that together the Pavilion can once again be a place were people meet, gather and enjoy their borough, City and State. I feel that as a Republican, I can convince our Republican Governor that this is a worthwhile idea and something the residents of Queens have long sought for. --Al C. Stabile, Republican Here, here. We do not want to see the Pavilion torn down. Our present Queens Borough President has worked out in planning capital projects throughout the borough of Queens. A number of these projects have been directed for the Flushing Meadows Corona Park: construction of the Flushing Bay Promenade, Pitch'n Puff Golf Course, a new swimming pool, and restoration of the Ederle Amphitheatre. As Borough President the continuation of Claire Shulman's work to rehabilitate Flushing Meadows will continue. I will work to see to it that all the amenities of the park - the Pavilion included - are rehabilitated and that all the construction plans are completed. --Sheldon S. Leffler, donkey As Borough President, I would solicit input from representatives of the commercial real estate sector, and I would direct the community boards to compile the recommendations that the public has made to date. As Borough President, I would convene an ad hoc panel of community representatives, community board members, city and state representatives, the parks department and the real estate industry to report on the various future uses for the Pavilion. The best recommendations would be pursued for financing and development. --Helen M Marshall, donkey WHAT DO YOU THINK PTU MEMBERS??? [This message has been edited by Charles Aybar (edited 10-24-2001).]
  12. Upcoming Press Release #3

    THE ANSWER IS: <a href="http://www.nywf64.com/savenys03.1.html" target="_blank">http://www.nywf64.com/savenys03.1.html</a> Look at Press Release #3 to be posted October 22, 2001 8:00PM MST. Thanks everyone for your very interesting responses!
  13. Upcoming Press Release #3

    I wanted to take the time and thank everyone for their continued support / interest regarding the NYS Pavilion reuse and rehabilitation project as an Air & Space Museum. Frankie and I are making much progress. Press Release # 3 will be issued in the next two weeks, advising the media and PTU members of the latest developments. We have struck "gold" with the support of a valued proponent of our project. Please take a guess who could it be: 1) Donald Trump 2) Bill Clinton 3) Phillip Johnson 4) George Pataki 5) Ross Perot Post your vote now! Then, look out for the next press release on the project website at nywf64.com!
  14. TO RESPOND TO SEVERAL INQUIRIES REGARDING OUR AIR MUSEUM CONCEPT: 1) The NYC Parks & Recreation Dept. has been aware since 1996 that the NYS Pavilion was declared unstable, as per their own structural engineering reports by John Cairdullo Associates (JCA)and Underpinning Foundation(hired firms to perform a study on the building paid for by the city). 2) Part of our due diligence was to assertain those reports by hiring one of the leading geotechnical firms in the country. An onsite visit was performed and city structural reports from JCA and from 1992 Greiger, were reviewed. The conclusion was that the reports previously performed were not to be challenged and that things have gotten a whole lot worse since 1996. 3) The problem with the pavilion is two fold: First, the wood piles in many locations have been reduced from 18 inches to only 6 inches due to wood rot. An excavation performed by JCA indicated this finding to be a "red flag" for building failure. Second, the tension ring that holds the cables together on the roof are failing because of rust and decay. If a few more cables snap, the ring will warp, gain a different position, and fail causing failure catastrophic to the crown and 16 columns. 4)Cooper's remarks were that the building is inspected every 6 months and there is no danger. My opinion is, unless someone has x-ray eyes or excavates underneath the columns, there is no way of knowing what truely is happening with the piles. No reports or records were available to us, possibly not existing, of any inspection taking place every 6 months nor the qualifications of the people doing so. Again, the JCA warnings were being ignored and challenged because the building did not have a possible reuse. 5) To demolish the pavilion would be a costly proposion. It would involve a process of "selective demolition" since the Queens Theater in the Park is only a few feet away, and possible structure damage will occur. Before, during and after demolition, and enviromental impact study will have to be performed as well. 6)QTIP has the same problem with pile rot and has not been addressed according to the reports/records provided to us. There have been assumptions that QTIP's building is perhaps a floating slab, which is not based upon fact or building/architectual reports. Concerns have been voiced over this by Landair, a company that is involved with the future expansion plans of QTIP. 7)Finally, the citizens of NY see the pavilion as a landmark as well as an eyesore. To preserve its history and give it new life for generations to come is mandatory. IF YOU WANT TO SAVE THE BUILDING, AND HAVE IT REUSED AS A MUSEUM, PLEASE CALL, WRITE, EMAIL THE CITY OFFICIALS LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE!
  15. Ice Rink

    Under the new ice rink proposal, from my understanding an RFP recently went out asking for a potential concessionaire to operate the facility once it was completed (the city does not want to operate the rink nor does it have adequate personnel familiar with an operation of such--this is the scenario present with the NYC Building World's Fair Ice Rink). The proposal asks for the concessionaire to pay for the "inside" facilities at his expense; i.e. snack bar, pro shop, Zambonie machine, skate rentals, etc.. Further, other decorating/additions/ and operational expenses would be encountered. A friend of mine, an operator of seven ice rinks in the northeast, told me the costs is staggering: $2-7 million dollars may be required once everything is added up, thereby making it impossible to make a profit even though the lease is secure for many years. So far, he has said there are no takers. I guess we all shall see what happens with this project!