Flushing Meadows Corona Park
11101 Corona Avenue, Flushing, NY 11368
Before we begin, let’s try to tackle the ageless debate over the proper name of this park. (errrr, did I say “ageless”? Ok, ok maybe that’s a stretch) But let us continue. I’ve checked and checked and checked and no one seems to be able to say suredly whether it’s Flushing Meadow or Flushing Meadows. Take a look for yourself at some of our local governmental websites, as well as the maps put out by the MTA and others and you’ll find that it’s pretty much, 50/50. Do searches on Google and other search engines and you’ll get plenty of results for either spelling. To add the ‘s’ or not to add the ‘s’. Plural or singular? Hmmmmm, what do you think? Inquiring minds want to know!
Flushing Meadow Park was home to the World’s Fair of 1939-1940, and later 1964-1965. This park was once a city dump for a quarter of a century. It was considered one of the most distasteful places to be near, in or at just 6 years before the first Fair. As a tribute to the 150th anniversary of George Washington’s Inauguration, the World’s Fair was to take place here.
All of the edifices created for this Fair cost over $155 million. A couple of them were the “Trylon” and the “Perisphere”. Over 44 million people showed up for the Fair during its two seasons.
Through the behest of Parks Commissioner Robert Moses, the second Fair was to take place. That is, with the understanding that the area would be a permanent park afterwards. ‘And that, it became and still is today! It was from this Fair that emerged the “Unisphere”. A huge hollowed out stainless steel model of the earth with orbiting paths on the outside. I remember as a child being taken to this park. Perhaps it was just that one time, or maybe it was commonplace at the time, but people would scale the insides of the orb. ‘All the way to the top….or close to it at least. This orb is quite a spectacle! Sitting there motionless, I can think of nothing that even comes close to our Brooklyn Bridge, except this one structure. You definitely need to be up close to see it if you’ve not done so before.
Within the park are playgrounds, a lake, Arthur Ashe Stadium (home to plenty tennis opens), Shea Stadium (home to the New York Mets), Queens Museum of Art, and plenty of other sights. Flushing Meadow Park is located in Queens.