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  1. 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.
  2. The phoenix rises - or at least a few feathers of it! The resurrection of the skylight from the Christian Science Pavilion/Church in Poway, CA - saved from destruction on the verge of the building being bulldozed - has begun! And, for fun, here's the "groundbreaking brochure", along with an 'official transcript' of the remarks made at the groundbreaking (with a note by Bill Young). And a picture of the pavilion showing the skylight, which is the seven sided on in the smaller of the two buildings. The skylight will be the center of a new garden in my back yard and will be perched on a stone wall, built by master mason and super nice guy Jilerio (Pictured with me on the 'brochure') and lit from underneath. The whole process make take a year (at least for the whole garden), but on occasion I will proffer "Progress Reports" a la the ones sent out by the pavilion prior to the WF opening. Enjoy! And here's a photo of the pavilion. The skylight is from the back pavilion but is essentially the same dimension and size as the top several feet of the big skylight on the main building. News as it happens!
  3. Hi, some night pictures. A couple with the regular lights and one with the Christmas lights and a bit of snow on it o
  4. 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.
  5. 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/
  6. 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.
  7. 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......
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. I do not remember whether I took this photo or bought it, but it has my handwriting on the back, so there's a chance I did take it. It's a 3X5 kodak print and shows 2 of the panels being changed at the same time and is dated 1964. There are lots of people walking around, so it was being done while the fair was open. RandyT or BillC (or anyone) - has it ever been determined what pictures were up and the sequence of them being changed? Just wondering, GaryH
  14. Hi - an FYI. Just got from Amazon.com an interesting urban planning/architecture book on Expo 2008. It's strictly about architecture and planning, nothing really about the exhibits, shows or fair history(O.K., a bit of that, but as it relates to planning, etc). Interesting for planning and architecture nuts like me, with the "expo connection", to boot.
  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.
  16. The Little World's Fair!

    It's really a small annual agricultural fair in Grahamsville New York, but it's a heck of a lot closer to me than Astana and it's actually a great deal of fun. Except for the ride concession, everything is strictly local. I went a couple of years ago and they even had great Belgian Waffles! FYI:http://www.grahamsvillefair.com/
  17. I believe the bridge in the background crosses the St Lawrence just west of the Expo site. So the performance would either be on the north peninsula near the Labyrinth Pavilion - or near the Canada Pavilion on Notre Dame Island. Most likely it is near the Labyrinth or Expo Theatre, as the structure of the Canada Pavilion would not easily allow that view of the bridge in the background. And the structure on the right might be the Expo Theatre of one of the minor "man the... whatever" pavilions that were on this part of the site. Or...???
  18. Hi, a lady , Sarah, has contacted me about selling this card she got as a child from Chrysler. I no longer collect WF items (anyone who has seen my basement knows why!) and am wondering if anyone has ever seen one of these (I haven't) - and if there is any interest from anyone. (Update shortly on the Christian Science Pavilion skylight.)
  19. Hi, It's been months but here it is: June 2016 - Stone foundation put in. June 2016 - November 2016 - Project in abeyance. Waiting for one of two master carpenters to cut posts and build special wood base for the skylight to sit on. Both too busy all summer. One showed up a week ago, said, "To heck with it, let's do it in the Spring." November 2016 - Plans made with glass guy to construct the skylight in my garage during the winter to prep it for the Spring. Several Panels are missing and need to be cut and refitted. So, delays by workman availability have made the progress slow. But here's a couple of pictures of the construction progress:
  20. Hi, I'm in Berlin and came across this church, built in 1961 - I wonder if Harrison had seen this before designing the HOS. Inside look is great, but those pics didn't turn out. Here's 4 outdoor shots. (BTW - the HOS looks MUCH nicer!) There's a wikipedia page on the church, Here tis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiser_Wilhelm_Memorial_Church
  21. CNN article on the Hive (def my fave at Expo 2015). This makes Kew even more wonderful! http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/20/arts/the-hive-wolfgang-buttress/index.html
  22. Hopefully just fixed it, Bill.
  23. Hi, two things: 1. FINALLY, the Christian Science Pavilion skylight I salvaged from the Poway, Ca church is getting ready to rise and shine again! News as it happens. 2. In doing research for the skylight and pavilion this morning, I went on the Christian Science Church's website and discovered that THIS MONDAY they are doing a whole webcast on the pavilion, although I think they are mostly talking about how they used it to 'spread the word". It should be chock full of interesting info, as people directly involved in the pavilion are going to be interviewed. I am talking to the moderator of the webcast this afternoon about preserving at least a small part of the pavilion. Here's the link to the webcast page: http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/project/webcast-oral-histories/
  24. Hi, was at Expo for 14hours over three days this past week. Certainly not enough to see the whole fair. Reason for my brief attendance was, frankly, I was not that thrilled with it. I was very happy on my last day to spend 7 hours of it with Bill Young, his wife Rita and three of their relatives. But there were a lot of good things. I liked several of the pavilions some of the architecture and design was genuinely engaging, saw a number of nice live musical performances. My two fave pavilions were Pavilion Zero, a theme pavilion not unlike the larger theme pavilions from Shanghai - and then there was the United Kingdom pavilion, which, as in Shanghai, made a statement with aa wonderful environmental sculpture/building. France had a nice open air exhibit, as did the USA. Spain was good. The almost mile-long 'roof' was quite something and I did like the 'what I guess was the symbol of the Expo" - the Tree of Life. I also very much liked the mojitos in the Cuba pavilion. This pavilion, like almost every other small pavilion I went into, was little more than a gift shop/restaurant/tourist bureau office. But the mojitos in Cuba were worth the space. I don't want to spend time listing what I didn't like except one - the B.I.E. has to stop this strict theming thing, especially for these larger Expos. Maybe the smaller ones could do this. . Although there were a few good exhibits on the theme, it got to be too much! At least to me. How about a general theme "Peace Through Understanding" or "Man and His World" and let the countries, etc, be really creative. Don't want to say it was terrible, because some of it WAS good - and a few things REALLY GOOD. But could and should have been better. Here's some pictures from my flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/25156558@N05/albums/72157658530191888 And a picture of me, Rita and Bill at the French Pavilion restaurant: :
  25. How long to visit?

    Hi, I needed one extra day for Expo 2005 ( I spent two) and one extra day for shanghai (I spent six) to cover it completely. Right now, I'm spending two days at Milan, but - based on my experience at Expo 2005 - am thinking of expanding it to three. It is similar in size to Expo 2005 and I'm willing to miss some of the minor events and pavilions. One day of it at least, happily, is being spent with Bill Young.