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50th Anniversary Celebration at the Park

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So there have been a couple of events at the park and I kept waiting for someone to post a recap but nothing yet....so....yesterday (5-18) I took the family for a stroll around the 50th Anniversary celebration.

Now - a brief disclaimer...this happened to be the day that my wife was really NOT feeling well but wanted to come to support my interest - as a result - I didn't get to do all the things we planned nor spend even a fraction of the time I hoped so my overview is somewhat limited:

We arrive around 1:15pm and the parking was already so jammed in the park that we were directed to park at Citi Field and walk over the bridge/boardwalk to enter the park:

Here are the pole banners that were at the entrance:

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They were handing out these flyers to everyone who entered the park:

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Here's the scene as we entered...not terribly busy but still - it's usually empty:

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As we walked along a path I noticed these signs leading us to the Unisphere:

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The closer we got - the more I realized that the fountains were on! - Check out the washed out area at the top of this photo - that's water:

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We got to the Unisphere and, boy, those water jets shoot really high! Just as I was lining up a photo....they shut down the fountains to a collective disappointed "Awwww" from everyone around the pool :(. I never did see them come back on.

Sooo...off to the Queens museum to find a bathroom for the wife and munchkin. While there we took in the Andy Warhol "10 Most Wanted" display and visited the museums W.F. collection - now, on the second floor. The wife had never seen the Panorama and she was quite impressed - then off to the gift shop where I picked up this nifty patch:

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Then it was time to visit the NYSP - as we walk up I am amazed - not only by the amazing state of the re-paint but by the replaced blue globes! I am going on and on to the wife how my friends on this site have worked so hard to restore what they can, but the globes are a total surprise. Now, understand, she not only does not understand social networking but she hates that it exists and goes on to tell me that I don't really know anyone here - it's just an internet thing.

Then, like on-cue, Richard Post walks up and slaps me on the back:

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His timing couldn't have been any more perfect - Rich took us around to the entrance and as we walked past the huge line waiting to take a tour of the Tent of Tomorrow he tells me that Mitch and Johnny are also there - both came out to say hi....Boy, was my wife apologetic for doubting our community...lol. The globes are visible in the below shot. I won't spoil the magic by telling you what they used to replicate this detail but, either way, it was spot-on for the originals:

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Then it was off to get some waffles. My wife and step daughter have heard me gushing about how these are supposed to be legendary and we MUST try them...then we saw the line. After 40 mins waiting...now I have a headache and am dizzy with hunger. We guessed that we still had a 1/2 hour wait ahead of us so we gave up on the waffles.

There were a good many display tents and stages...THEN we saw this from AT&T:

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I have to say that I get to the park, probably, twice a year and it is NEVER this packed - it was just great to see so many people come to enjoy the park on such an occasion:

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We had hoped to ride the carousel and check out a few more exhibits and some music but my hunger and my wife's general bad health got the best of us and we headed back to the car ....BUT...on the way past the Unisphere...what to do we see? Straight from the set in Canada:

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It was a great day, though, I know, it still could've been so much better. I hope you have enjoyed my little tour. Hopefully the terrific public reaction to this and the event held on Aprill 22nd will be the catalyst to some real revitalization of the NYSP

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It was a great afternoon and evening as well. The three tours quickly filled their quota of 50 people each and it was nicely conducted. I didn't wait for the Belgium Waffles from Waffles & Dingles trucks since their always around the City without a long wait.

The concert and fireworks show was attended by a few hundred people. The Parks Department staff were great as they let us "regular" folk take the concert seats of those "special" folks that left early. The Queens Symphony Orchestra did a fine job of performing and the fireworks show was surprisingly impressive. Just wish they played a tape of the soundtrack from the Fair's "Patriotic Show" along with the fireworks. They did turn the water jets on again around the Unisphere at night. Kudos to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the Parks Department and everyone that made it a great day. Thanks.

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Very nice! Thanks for the pix, and hope your wife is feeling better.

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Glad you liked the "globes"

Mitch & Stephanie came up with the idea. After a vote by all of us on Paint Project crew, we decided on what you saw.

As always, preparing the Pavilion for visitors involves many hours and lots of work days. It is truly a Team effort. And we all do our share. I'm proud to be part of it.

But Mitch deserves a special Thank You for his work on Sat. with installing the globes.

We all assisted, but he was the point man putting in many hours of back breaking work to get them just right.

For you trivia nuts out there, there were just under 200 globes put up! And that's not counting the 10% that were defective, or deflated, and had to be re-installed.

We'll get lots of pictures up on our Paint Project site as soon as possible.

.....Gary

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That's "Big Mike" driving the Escorter that was restored on the TV show American Restoration. I wish I could have made it down there for the 18th. It looks way bigger an event than even the huge crowd that was there on April 22nd! I still say that none of this would have happened if Johnny hadn't started the NYS painting project. John, Mitch, Gary and crew, you are part of FMCP history now.

Thanks for the great tour, Steve!

What is the facebook name for the painting project?

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I still say that none of this would have happened if Johnny hadn't started the NYS painting project. John, Mitch, Gary and crew, you are part of FMCP history now.

Exactomundo!

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Thanks for the tour Steve, we were quite busy and didn't geta chance to see the celebration. Thiswas great...Thanks for kind words too Doug,

Gary, you spent almost as much time reaching for the top of those posts to install the "globes". My blisters are still healing. Was a great team effort with Stephanie, Jim and Ed working hard too to make this globes happen. They were temporary and Tom took them all down today.

We don't have a facebook page yet but its in the queue. We always wanted attention fo the building, not us really, but many have asked and we shall provide! We do have a website with progress reports and some photos, soon to be updated with this event, but taking a break for a week or so before we get back to it.

Thanks for everyone's support!

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Great posts here, and enjoyed those pics of last year.

And now, what is next for this year's big anniversary day at the park?

Its less than 3 months away as the day has been set for JUNE 7, 2015.

Ideas for this year?

I know sponsorship and money is a major obstacle to planning great events, but lets try not to let that get in the way.

Can we still put our heads and resources together to help Parks Dept. put on a good event this year?

Let's discuss....

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I was half expecting a cross promotion with "Tomorrowland" since the movie will premiere two weeks before.

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So, the design on the t-shirts on sale on EBay currently, are not quite new.  (Photo 7).  Anyone here know the designer?

 

 

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