Now closed to the public, the Tent of Tomorrow is filled with stray cats. Photo by Gwendolyn Horton.
Unlike many of the 1964 World’s Fair exhibitions, the Pavilion was intended to be permanent and used as a space for public programs after the fair. “It’s incredible that this was allowed to fall into ruins,” says Silva, “given where it is, that it was designed by Philip Johnson and that it’s seen by so many people every day.” However, he’s quick to acknowledge that the city had other priorities to tackle in the 1970s, such as the financial crisis and high crime rates. “Now that the city is doing well, this is the ideal time to fix this,” he says.
“Imagine driving on the Long Island Expressway at night and seeing it with the lights on,” adds Khan.
Photo by Gwendolyn Horton.
In closing, I return to the first sentence of this post. Johnson wrote of being intrigued by ruins; however, whenever he rode in a car on the Long Island Expressway, from which the Pavilion is clearly visible, he’d turn his head and look the other way.