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  1. Stumbled across this by sheer chance. They've kept the globe, the rings and the base, replaced the continents with city buildings and surrounded it with bright 1960s graphic figures. Compare it to Bill Cotter's avatar on this site. Hope the link works. It's the front page of the current brochure for Theatre Charlotte in North Carolina http://theatrecharlotte.org/season-93.shtml
  2. Just came across this! The Sweden Pavilion at the 1876 Expo is now the Marionette Theater in Central Park. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Cottage_Marionette_Theatre#/media/File:Swedish_Cottage,_Central_Park,_New_York_City_2018.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Cottage_Marionette_Theatre
  3. I went to the '05 , '10 and '15 fairs, but between the political situation (one that a friend who unhappily works in Dubai keeps my apprised of- and, alas, she's 'escaping' - she requested her company to transfer her out, actually - before the Expo opens) and the health issues, Dubai is off the list (Architecture does look great, tho!) AM on for Osaka '25; already planning to go with Bill and Rita Young!. . Went to Expo 70 as a teenager and am looking forward to the new Expo and visiting the site of the old one.
  4. Short piece on Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses

    For a while, I wanted to be a city planner. Moses and the World's Fair got me on that path, but my shining light was (and is) Jane Jacobs! And , once I got wind of his other city development projects, especially the Lower Manhattan Expressway (reading about Jane Jacob's opposition to it is what introduced her to me) and his Bronx projects, I had to reassess my opinion of him, as one assesses an Uncle who one loves and who has done a lot of great things for you - but find out he wasn't so great on other things - You still love him for what he did for you, but..... I became an acolyte of Jane Jacobs by 8th grade. In 9th grade, I did my one required huge book research project in English class on her great "The Death and Life of Great American Cities". (I'm amazed my teacher let me do non-fiction, but he also knew of my passion for architecture and planning.) In my first year of law school, the college's social sciences school had a Jane Jacobs weekend, with her in attendance. I did the unthinkable (and unforgivable in certain circles) of skipping a full day of Friday law classes to hear her speak and spending Sat and Sun. at the symposium, eating up her words and listening to panels on her work and NOT studying Civ Pro. Even for non-city planning types, she is someone to know and remember for her dedication and vision.
  5. Hi, some night pictures. A couple with the regular lights and one with the Christmas lights and a bit of snow on it o
  6. Finally! It took longer that most world's fairs take from conception to demoilition, but the NY WF Christian Science Pavilion skylight is finally up! Some finishing touches and night lighting still need to be worked on, but am very pleased. A garden will be added around it this spring, but am hoping to do some seasonal and holiday lighting with it this year.
  7. Hi, there's a local auction house in Middletown, NY that has several really nice lots of 39 postcards and memorabilia, They are also on a live auction site: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/auctioneer/1940/estateofmind-auctions/
  8. I, too, often come to the site and enjoy all the posts. I don’t comment much, but, like T.V.’s Mr Ed, I don’t speak unless I have something to say. One thing I do have to say is how much I appreciate the site and am so happy to have it here! I do find that the ardent passion has transformed, for me, to a happy, comfortable, warmth. I stopped collecting NYWF items about a decade ago, when I acquired the Christian Science pavilion skylight that is now being reconstructed in my back yard (news on that as it happens – right now it’s a replacement glass and gasket supply question), but that has reinvigorated my passion, but on a different level. Likewise, I spend most of my late fall through spring evenings in my basement, where I am surrounded by my collection, among other things, which gives me the warm fuzzies, if not the mind bending, heart thumping exhilaration I used to feel when approaching the main entrance gate in 64/65. (I use to HAVE to jump up and down while run-walking to the gate, such was my excitement – ah, to recapture that !) Now I am still given gifts all the time by folks (both friends and strangers) who know of and appreciate, if not share, my passion and interest. And as it happens, one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever received is one I got this Christmas, a present from a very excellent watercolorist friend, who has created a gorgeous, impressionistic watercolor of the Tower of Light to accompany my Uncle Ben figure. I share it here because , among other things, this is the community that appreciates and understands how significant these things are, if not to the world, at least to us. And I do have this to say – thanks to everyone involved in the site, from moderators to posters and lurkers like myself. You have certainly made my last 18 years better, more interesting and entertaining and fulfilling.
  9. Progress!!! The skylight is fixed on its base and is awaiting the new glass and plastic. (Not all the original glass and plastic survived). The stone base has a black foam buffer (and air vent) with the skylight itself on a cedar frame base, which is attached to the posts in the stonework. Plan is this spring to put a garden of low plants (maybe like the ones actually used at the WF - I think they were low evergreen shrubs ????) with maybe some taller vegetation in the background. The timed electric system will allow for a standard light with a secondary seasonal light possible. Now, just how long the glass and plastic will take......
  10. After YEARS of delay, finally construction has started. Still don't know how much will get done and how fast, but the excellent and very much in demand "construction guy", Howie, is hot on it now and has done this much in two days, with the wood base cut and ready, but still not in place. However, the frame is almost complete. Most of the glass and plexi have to be replaced, but I am trying to figure out something to do with the original WF pieces of glass (only a few were not damaged in the taking down of the church/pavilion in Poway). We're waiting on the new glass and plexi, so that might be a short delay, as they are all custom pieces. Enjoy, news as it happens.
  11. Visited Kew Gardens yesterday, always a fave place place of mine, especially now with the Hive. The Hive is apparently - unlike previous reports by Kew - here to stay, at least a lot longer than originally stated (at least I hope so). And they have done a nice job with the audio, mixing tones with bursts of music. And it is a bit differently situated than at Expo, but very nicely so. I was there during the day, but they still light it up, as at Milan. Wish I could have seen it. Here's a few pics.
  12. Terrific. Coincidentally, I was at the site this past Thursday, Sept 27. It is great. I loved the art museum and the magic fountains were terrific. Here's a few pictures. I missed the sports stadium, Spanish village and a few others, as I liked the Art Museum so much and stayed so long, it was dark when I got out! I was able to compare a lot of the buildings from Ken's pics. They even still do the lights shining out from the museum! In the museum, I got pics of the great dome and the large arena that is at the back of the building.
  13. I was just at the Reina Sophia Museum in Madrid. This is a model they have of the Spain Pavilion at the '37 Paris fair. I got severely scolded by a security guard for taking the photo, as no pics allowed-period! But I think my ability to speak fairly fluent Spanish and explain to her that I didn't know, that I was sorry, and that I was a WF fanatic and wanted my friends, who were also WF fans, to see it. But I would erase them if she wanted. So she loosened up and became smiley friendly and quite chatty (amazing for any Museum guard) and said that, no, I didn't have to erase the pictures! So here are the two I got , thanks to the nice museum guard!
  14. Finally! After two years, the guys have shown up to start actually getting the skylight together and putting it up! Not sure if it will be up before the snow flies, due to some supplies that we're not sure how long it will take to get. But the structure itself should be refurbished and ready for complete construction within three weeks. (They found that in the taking apart in San Diego, some pieces were bent and need special care to make it totally O.K.) Anyway, here's a pic of the first step!
  15. A non-progress report! Yes, it is taking FOREVER, but the skylight is still in the "construction phase" owing to the fact that there are only two local workmen I will have on the project. Both are the best in the area and always way overbooked. One was supposed to come this past fall, but he got too busy (on a project for my brother!!!) and was not available until it was too late in November to work on it. He has promised me the skylight is his first project come spring though, so hopefully (fingers crossed) this incredible delay will be over by Summer! News as it happens.