An online campaign dedicated to raising money for the preservation of the New York State Pavilion has, so far, raised $3,410, surpassing its original goal.
Flushing's Mitch Silverstein created a GoFundMe page titled "New York State Pavilion Preservation," with the goal of raising a total $3,400. So far, 67 people have donated to the fund.
The page reads:
We are approaching our goal and hope to bring the project to near completion before the 50th anniversary of the opening of the fair next April! Just a bit more to go. Look for new progress reports as we continue the project. Please spread the word! Thank you!
We are a grass roots effort lending support to preserving an iconic structure remaining from the 1964-65 New York Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. We (John P.; Mitch S.; Stephanie B.; Gary M.; Jim B.; Tom B.; et. al.) have spent the past few years gathering donations of materials and paint to restore some dignity to the structure in hoping it raises awareness towards the restoration and reuse.
Designed by famed architect Phillip Johnson it has fallen into disrepair over the years. It has more recently been seen in movies like "Men in Black" and "Iron Man 2" as well as TV on "CSI:NY."
The 50th anniversary of the opening of the fair is coming up in 2014 and we hope to have the structure looking better by then. The money raised will go towards red, white and yellow paint and associated materials.