The iconic New York State Pavilion, home of the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing, is getting a $16.5 million funding boost for Hurricane Sandy-related repairs.
On Wednesday, New York State senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that federal funding from FEMA will be provided to the New York Office of Management and Budget to replace and repair the pavilion’s electric units at World’s Fair Park, which were damaged during Hurricane Sandy, reports Queens Gazette. The funding will also be used for flood protection measures to prevent against damage from future storms.
“This is a tremendous investment toward repair and resiliency in the park on the part of Senator Schumer and Senator Gillibrand that will recover a national treasure here in Queens,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “With these additional resources for electrical and structural improvements, we are well on our way to restore and illuminate this historic, architectural marvel into a visible icon befitting The World’s Borough.”
The pavilion has received several cash infusions over the past few years. One of the most recent was a $14.25 million boost from the city last April for structural conservation work, waterproofing for the towers, and other structural enhancements.
- $16M Federal Funds Allocated To Repair World’s Fair Pavilion [Queens Gazette]