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  • Location I live in a small town in Upstate New York, south of Syracuse.
  1. Sochi Winter Olympics Ruins

    I am not sure if I correctly recall but I believe that NBC (during Vancouver coverage) was discussing both summer and winter Olympic host cities.  As I recall, they were impressed because  as Lake Placid planned for 1980, the village made use of some of its 1932 venues, built precisely what it needed for 1980 and no more.  And everything was constructed with an eye to post-Olympic use.  Then ORDA took over in the summer of 1980 and the venues have been consistently updated and the USOC designated the village as an official training center with a huge new facility for training athletes.  The bob run, luge, ski jumps, ice arenas are in use year round.  It's quite a sight watching young jumpers fly off the 70 and 90 meter teflon coated jumps and landing either in water or on the grass in the summer months.  And Whiteface is one of the premier ski mountains in the East if not the whole nation.  I think the overall point is that Lake Placid's organizers spent their money very carefully and the village was incredibly wise as to what could or could not be constructed in order to preserve the character and quality of the community.  And NYS had strict rules on what could be built within the confines of the ADK park.  Examples:  the location for the medal ceremony was actually on frozen Mirror Lake where everyone in the village could observe right from the shoreline.  Nothing had to be constructed but wooden platforms.   The opening ceremonies were in a large NYS horse show park just east of the village.  Everything but the torch tower was temporary and the area was returned to its original purpose with the torch serving as a memorial to the games.  Even the Olympic Village in Ray Brook became a minimum security prison.  The planning committee did not waste a dime and Lake Placid has profited ever since and markets itself as "The Olympic Village."  In the years since 1980, LP has raked in the moola and transformed itself into a year round destination hosting all sorts of state, national and international competitions.  And the hotels, restaurants etc. built for the games continue to thrive.   The book, The Long Shot to Glory:  How Lake Placid Saved the Winter Olympics and Restored The Nation's Pride by Michael Burgess tells a great story.  Remember, after Denver balked at hosting the 1976 Winter games (after winning the bid several years earlier), NOBODY wanted to host.  Denver left the winter games without a host.  Innsbruck stepped in to host for 1976 and ONLY tiny Lake Placid bid to host in 1980.  No other community or nation wanted to host a winter games.  Without Lake Placid, the Olympic Winter Games movement would have likely come to an end after 1976.  LP hosted the last small games but they were a resounding success.
  2. And the 1939 Fair was even larger (2x) and had its start as a garbage dump and ash heap.
  3. The Fair in black-and-white

    Wow, that last shot of the carousel reminds me of the final scenes from "Strangers On A Train."
  4. Street gangs at the Fair

    Dear god, I hope those elderly folks survived that attack.  That thug in the bunny costume is almost as frightening as his gun moll who is clearly dressed for some rough action.  Did they ever get the ransom for the kidnap victim?
  5. The Fair in black-and-white

    They are all so crisp and precise.  I love the sharp contrast between the lighting and the dark night skies.
  6. The Fair in black-and-white

    That photograph is magnificent.  Monochrome can be so elegant.
  7. That must be the Westinghouse site.  Many thanks, Bill.  What a wonderful photograph.
  8. Probably a good guess.  It appears to be just standing there much like an observation post.  What is equally cool is the layout of the 1939 Fair is all there including the area beyond what had been the Lagoon of Nations where the Federal Building once stood.  I've read accounts of how New Yorkers who had visited that fair later returned to the site and often visited the site of favorite pavilions.  Now I can see how easily that could be accomplished. It's so easy to look at this wonderful shot and remember the incredible buildings that had stood on the site.    It's all there in the early 1960s.  I wonder if that pathway is the precise spot where Westinghouse stood and the Time Capsule is buried.  The original monument would be there.  Is there any chance of enlarging that portion of the photograph?
  9. Yep, I agree; you do have a treasure.  Thank you for sharing them with us.
  10. Yes, I know Seattle planned its fair very well an enhanced its civic life for decades afterward.  Those photos, however, seem to contain many of the smaller exhibits months after the Fair closed.  That's rather cool.
  11. Either Look or Life did a story about the Fair in early 1965.  It had some great shots of the pavilions in winter and many of them were lighted at night as if it was July.  Those buildings had to be heated and, evidently, staffed. One other thing; I was listening to WCBS Radio today.  There was, evidently, an ambulance accident on the Grand Central Parkway.  Three different references were made to inform the listener as to where the burning vehicle as located.  WCBS referred to the location as "near the fairgrounds," "next to the world's fair complex," and "near the world's fair."  How cool to hear those phrases.  
  12. Wonderful shots.  It's interesting to learn how much of the Fair was still standing and basically untouched nearly three months after it ended.
  13. Apparently, it is to become a hotel scheduled to open in 2018 but work has not yet begun.
  14. Actually, declaring a building a landmark does not prevent demolition.  It can slow the process toward demolition in time for some group or some donors to save it, but it cannot fully prevent it from happening.  Each state has differing landmark status laws.  In NYS alone, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has the ability (which it uses) to remove buildings and locations from status protection when it deems fit--and often with no public input. Bergdorf Goodman's and Union Square Park in Manhattan may be removed from the protected list along with nearly 500 acres of historic Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.  There are dozens of other locations and structures in the outer boroughs that are likely to be removed from protected status as well.  Very often, landmark status structures and locations can be demolished when their owners demonstrate "economic hardship" by maintaining such properties.  Sadly, landmark status is far from ironclad protection for any site.   There are also case of demolition by neglect.  This is just as it sounds.  Owners resentful of properties being granted landmark status simply refuse to maintain the structures and, in time, they become hazardous and are removed.