A true fan of all things
mid-century modern, I am known for my contributions to Disney's
Virtual Magic Kingdom online game (2005-2007) and my artwork releases via the official Disney Parks Blog. Now, i've turned my attention to helping bring the 1964-65 New York World's
Fair to life for the enjoyment of future generations.
2015, inspired by the upcoming release of Disney's Tomorrowland film, I
boarded the 7 train from Manhattan to Flushing Meadows Corona Park to
see what was left of The Fair.
Armed with a vintage map
of the grounds, my mobile phone and some audio files of the Disney
attractions from The Fair, I spent an afternoon exploring the grounds
and "enjoying" some of the attractions while standing where they once
During that visit, I realized that there were still active attractions
on-site as well as easy finds for the amateur "urban archaeologist".
I would return twice during the following year with a
hand-written list of YouTube videos of attractions from The Fair so I
could stand on the spots of some of the other former pavilions and "experience" the
attractions they once held.
was during the third visit that I realized that there should be some
place online where fans of the World's Fair, whether local residents or
tourists, could find all the resources they needed... Photos, video,
audio, access to vintage fashion or accessories, and access to
authentic New York World's Fair trinkets... so they could
do exactly what I was doing.
It was at that moment that The New York World's Fair Experience was born.
In 2015, I bought the domain name and hosting contract.
As with all projects, life got in the way and work halted for
months. Then, in September 2016, I returned to New York
to attend a gallery exhibit which included an artistic proposal I
created to re-use the abandoned New York State pavilion.
During that visit, I found the inspiration I needed to
start working on the project in earnest.
temporary homepage was created to allow visitors immediate access to
features of the site as they were completed and the first
fully-functional feature, the Transit Authority Subway Train inspired
links page, went live later that month.
A few weeks later, the
Theater came online, showing vintage films of The Fair as a way to give
people a visual lesson about the amazing architecture and experiences
which could be found in the 640-acre park during its two-year run.
Shortly after, the Information Desk went online.
The artwork I am creating for this website is designed to make the
visitor feel like they have travelled to a physical environment...such
as a Welcome Center or Museum. Since the page is being designed
to be used at home on a computer or at the site of The Fair using a
mobile device like an iPad or phone, it may seem like the overall
design (including oversized buttons, large text, etc.) is akin to
websites of the early days of the internet, but I assure you this is
all intentional. This page is designed to be simple and easy to
use for all generations...from those who actually went to the 1964-65
New York World's Fair (and may not be tech savvy) to the youth of
Queens who might be experiencing the wonder for the first time as part
of an elementary school field trip to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Regardless of your age or level of technological prowess, it is my hope that you will find the
artwork beautiful and inspiring, the write-ups informative, and hope you will let your imagination run
free throughout your experience here. Let's go back to The Fair together!