Unisphere as it appeared at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair
"Symbol of the New York World's Fair 1964/65 is this 12-story stainless
steel model of the Earth designed, built, and presented to the Fair by
United States Steel. Dedicated to 'Peace Through
Understanding,' the Unisphere will remain on its site when the Fair is
over, as a permanent gift to the City of New York for the improved
Flushing Meadow Park that will be created on the fairgrounds.
It is located at the Fountain of the Continents near the
center of the Fair. Seen from the edge of the pool, it shows
the world as it appears from 6,000 miles in space.
statistics. The Unisphere is the largest representation of
the Earth man has ever made. It is 140 feet high and 120 feet
in diameter, and - with its tripod-like base - weighs 900,000 pounds.
The sphere is formed of an open grid of meridians and
parallels. Laid on them are curved sheets of stainless steel
representing the land masses; the capitals of major nations are marked
The Design Unprecedented
problems had to be solved in constructing the huge model.
Because the continents are not evenly distributed on Earth,
the Unisphere, which stands on three slender prongs, is an unbalanced
ball. Furthermore, the metal land-mass areas act as sails in
the wind, building up enormous and unequal pressures against the curved
surfaces. The structure required the solution of mathematical
problems so complex that without high-speed computers planning the
Unisphere would have taken 10 years."
Unisphere as it stands today in the heart of Flushing Meadow Corona
(Please ignore the poor fountain nozzle alignment. It was
fixed by my next visit.)
the conclusion of The Fair, the
Unisphere remained on-site and remained available for
visitors' enjoyment at the heart of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Over the decades following the fair, the Unisphere fell into slight
disrepair as funds to maintain the park dwindled in the late 1970s. It
was refurbished when the economy regained its strength and has been
beautifully maintained ever since by the New York City Parks
The fountains surrounding
the Unisphere in the Fountain of the Continents have been refurbished
and now run almost daily during warmer months for the public's
nearby provide the perfect, shaded place to sit and reflect, read, or
There is no charge to visit the park, so it is the
perfect free attraction for those of us World's Fair fans visiting
relic of the World's Fair is well preserved and is regularly maintained
for the enjoyment of all by the New York City Parks Department.
this relic of the World's Fair is currently maintained by the New York
City Parks Department and is well preserved, no assistance is currently
required. You *can*, however, let the New York City Parks Department
how much you appreciate the work they are doing to keep this World's
Fair relic in great shape by clicking here.
this short video I took of visitors to the park enjoying the Unisphere
and surrounding fairgrounds during a beautiful day in September (2016).
Here are some photos I took during my visit to the Unisphere in
Unisphere still stands as an awe-inspiring structure.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a vibrant greenspace which is heavily
used by locals and visitors alike.
The Unisphere with the remants of the New York State pavilion in the
the edge of the Fountain of the Continents (the fountains surrounding
the Unisphere), a dedication plaque reads "UNISPHERE - Dedicated to
man's aspirations toward peace through understanding and symbolizing
his achivements in an expanding universe. Built and presented
United States Steel Corporation to the 1964-65 New York World's Fair,
April 22, 1964. Made of Stainless Steel, the Unisphere is
high, 120' in diameter, and weighs 700,000 pounds."
It's practically impossible to take a terrible photo of this amazing
The gardens on the paths leading to the Unisphere from the U.S. Tennis
Center are beautiful.
I'm always excited about seeing the Unisphere when the opportunity
arises to visit New York!
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a beautiful public space full of easy
Fair finds for the amateur urban archaeologist. In addition
to a few lesser-known (and somewhat hidden) relics in the park, several
remain on-site...some of which still operate daily. The
Unisphere is at the
heart of the park, accessible from all major pathways.
The park, itself, is a short subway ride away from downtown Manhattan
aboard the 7 train.
park's official page and plan your visit to the Unisphere by clicking here.
wonderful experiences from the New York World's Fair are still around
today thanks to the support of certain individuals or organizations.
visiting these relics from The Fair, be sure to ask how you get
involved to help ensure they
remain part of our world! You might just be able to become an
important part of the legacy of the New York World's Fair, too!
Enjoy this archival film about the creation of
following individuals contributed towards making it possible for me to
visit and document this relic of the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.
I'd like to take a moment to thank them for
helping make my
dream to personally visit the remaining parts of the New York World's
Fair pavilions come true!
This page is hereby dedicated to these