The New York State Pavilion is an historic structure originally built for the 1964/1965 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. The structure was the shining star of the 1964-65 World’s Fair, charming millions of visitors who flocked to Queens for a two-year celebration that made it the center of the world.

The Pavilion closed shortly after the Fair, and in the 50 years since, no long-term use has been found for the the ailing structure. Today, this unique and impressive historic landmark offers an opportunity to once again serve as a vibrant public space in the heart of New York's most diverse borough.


People for the Pavilion (PFP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to raising awareness of the historic value of the New York State Pavilion, and of its potential to serve as a vibrant and functional public space.

PFP works to build a community around the Pavilion through public programs, events, and communications, with a focus on individuals, organizations, and institutions around Flushing Meadows Corona Park.


Presented by People for the Pavilion and The National Trust for Historic Preservation, and sponsored by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition is an “anything goes” approach to radically re-imagine one of New York City’s most iconic buildings and a defining landmark of Queens.
To lower the barriers to entry that generally prevent participation in ideas competitions and to engage local communities, People for the Pavilion and the National Trust for Historic Preservation partnered with Hibridos Collective and RPGA Studio, two Queens-based peacemaking organizations who are helping participants re-envision the iconic structure using participatory art through a series of public programs in open spaces throughout Queens. To participate, visit www.NYSPideas.org!