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Preservation Watch

The Rocket Thrower of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park looks ready for takeoff again. After a meticulous restoration to the tune of $100,000 (paid for with monies raised by the Municipal Art Society), the part-classical, part-space age sculpture erected for the 1964 World's Fair is finally gleaming after almost five decades. The 40-foot-tall work of art has been wiped of green oxidation and generally spiffed up, while the constellation of stars through which a muscular man aims a rocket is a golden color once more. [NYDN; photo via Forgotten NY]