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Flushing Meadows Park Renovation Fight Starts

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It goes without saying that anything that involves making changes to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which hosted World's Fairs in 1939-40 and 1964-65, would not be embraced with no objections. One object of interest is the fate of Philip Johnson's NY State Pavilion, but some people (devotees of the Fairs are almost like a cult) are pissed that the plan would rip out a long series of former fountains than ran from the Unisphere (the big globe). They used to be pretty cool fountains, but don't function that way anymore. Removing the fountains would mess up the park, says Greg Godfrey, president of the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park World's Fair Association. "The fairs were designed on axial models based on the history of city planning. It helped create order in a very large landscape." Argument in the making. [NYDN; previously]