Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Tale of Two Boroughs

Colden Auditorium on the campus of Queens College, January 21, 2016 in the State of the Borough Address by Borough President Melinda Katz:

"Another major ongoing public works project has been the restoration efforts of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.  This iconic architectural marvel had fallen into disrepair due to the decades of neglect.   Some even dismissively referred to it as 'The Ruins'....When I began my term two years ago, I made the commitment to save the Pavillion....we've successfully secured over $10 million to-date toward important electrical and structural improvements on the Towers....Some of you may be familiar with the Seven Wonders of the World:  Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro,  the Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, the Pyramids in Yucatan peninsula, the Taj Majal, the City of Petra, and the Roman Coliseum....In another milestone, the Pavillion became the latest addition to the new World Wonders....Some of you may recall the original grace of the Pavillion, and how it lit up against the night sky.  We'd like to bring that back....So we're working with the Parks Department on illuminating the Pavillion with permanent external lights, funded by my office and the fellow elected officials mentioned earlier.  I'm told that the design will be finalized this fall, and it will be lit up next year....And so yes, this national well on its way to being restored into a visible icon.  And it will befit 'The World's Borough' for generations of families and visitors to enjoy."

The Steinway Mansion in Astoria, viewed from 42nd Street under the almost full moon of January 21, 2016:

Forlorn and forgotten, this historical heritage site sits in a state of ignominy, awaiting its aesthetic suffocation by the construction of mundane warehouses. It and other historical Queens landmarks were totally ignored in the Borough President's remarks.  The so-called "World's Borough" really the "Borough of Shame".

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