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Near LIRR Entrance 1972

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By the way, Randy you’re absolutely right. The fresh coat of orange and blue paint on the LIRR stairs, leading up the the WF platform is for the Mets. It didn’t occur to me at the time. Unfortunately it’s very rare for New York to use it’s orange and blue colors these days. But the Mets are the exception. Attached is the Mets new schedule. I usually take the subway to Fairgrounds or Shea but next time I’m going to take the LIRR just to check out the station stop.

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Trylon, take your digital camera and if that 'maintenance pit' and electric tool plug-in boards are still there, snap a pic or two to share with us....

Same with those air conditioner windows with the angled flagpoles- see if you can detect any clue as to what's inside there or why the flagpoles are angled.

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A summer or two ago I was in Albany and noticed the familiar orange and blue colors on trash cans and some of the city's official signs etc. I later learned that the same shades of orange and blue used for the NYWF are the official colors of New York State's capital city.

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Hello! Went to the fairgrounds yesterday and took a bunch of photos of that that train yard area that appeared in the first LIRR post. In 1972 it looks like this part of the Gotham Plaza was used for train

maintenance. But now, this is a strip of buildings that’s part of a municipal tennis area and parking lot. The tennis courts and parking area occupy the space that the House Of Good Taste was located. What was once Gotham Plaza is now called Passerelle Plaza. The building with the flagpoles on it has a sign that says Park Rangers, The Police Athletic League and R.E.A.C.H. Also a NYS Park sign that says it’s a Computer Resource Center and Camp Smile!?! There is a lot of activities packed in these little offices. Another photo shows the other mall-like buildings along the plaza strip. A banner lists the varied recreational park activities like Karate, Wood shop and dog training that take place in this building. I went on a Sunday and everything was closed except the tennis courts. I’ll bet it’s been a long time since those angled flagpoles had flags on them. Was this part of Gotham Plaza used as a maintenance area during the WF. Maybe it was used as WF offices.

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And here is the tilted poles as see from the upper platform.

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How did you get out onto the track area to get the long shot back toward the "angled poles" office... or is that track area now a parking area?

Did you get a "now" shot from up above where the shots earlier in this thread were taken?

Can you walk from Meridian Rd. right past the "angled poles" office all the way into the plaza where the mosaics of Moses, etc. are?

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Good job Trylon!

Your upper right photo looks like a good approximation of the Metro North 1972 shot.

Of interest is the biggest tree in the picture looks like it's the same tree that was behind the Metro North train, and the fence looks like it's in the same place. And your 'partly ripped up' station platform looks just like it did in Bill's 1980's photo. Apparently it was hiding right behind the Metro North train in the 1972 picture. So it would appear that not much has changed to the trackage over the years. If that was a 'maintenance pit' between the rails, is it filled in now? I couldn't tell enough from your photo to tell if the rails are still attached to concrete walls rather than wooden ties.

As far as the other side of the fence, it sure looks a lot nicer, doesn't it? All cleaned up, and even parking slots. They got rid of the weeds.

Two things I don't care for though- it looks like they painted over all the windows with brown paint! That's probably to cut down on the air conditioning bill, but it turned what was probably once an attractive edifice into something that looks like an old warehouse. And the fairly attractive brick wall surface has been whitewashed! That would probably be difficult at this point to ever restore.

BUT...I'm glad space has been provided for so many community agencies. That's a good adaptive reuse. Too bad more buildings couldn't have been saved for such uses.

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Attached is an extended shot of the “storefront” side of the plaza area.

When I took the first shot in the previous post I was actually standing on an operating LIRR platform. One of three elevated passenger platforms.The one I was standing on is the furthest one north. The other two tracks look like working maintenance tracks.

The attached photo you see here, was taken at ground level near the roadway that passes under the plaza.

When you reach the "storefront" area of the building you can walk the length to the curved plaza area entrance.

Yes, It looks like the windows are shut up tight and painted over. There are also heavy duty security gates on all doorways. I would imagine it has to be locked up tight at night and during the off season. That doesn't explain the lousy whitewash job on the entire length of the brick. Luckily the white paint stops at the exterior plaza stairs.

I agree Randy, it is good that these buildings are being put into service. I would have liked to have seen the Press Building/Police Station before the tore it down a few years ago.

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I walked by the Station yesterday. It was opening day at Shea. Boy the saw tooth roof is desperately in need of paint!

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I know that this is an old post, however, the Budd Car Company built the M1 cars for the LIRR & MNR. They also built the M2 cars for MNR, which you see in the 1972 photo. Much of the warranty work and modifications by Budd were done on the cars there at the much unused World's Fair Station. The Inspection and repair track contains that pit you see in one of the photos, and a 'shed' was built under the walkway that connects the Fair to Shea. That's why there would be a Metro North train (then New Haven, with cars purchased by Conn. Dept of Trans)

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I restored the photo to the original post in this thread.

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Did we ever figure out what the 'angled flagpoles' were originally used for? It looks like it was a trackside entrance of some kind. Maybe for dignitaries arriving on U.N. trains? Or was everything from that era torn down to build for the '64-65 Fair?

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