World's Fair Information Manual

City of New York
Hon. Newbold Morris, Exec. Secty.
New York World's Fair Commission
c/o Department of Parks
Arsenal Building, Central Park
New York, New York 10021
RE 4-1000
Mr. Michael Pender  
New York City Building
Avenue of the States
State Area
122,250 Sq. Ft.
Daniel Chait
107 East 31st Street
New York, New York 10016
MU 5-6340
Lester Associates, Inc.
Thornwood, New York
914 RO 9-7800
Norge Associates
Charles Hyman
Burton Plumbing Corp.
L. J. Axman
Nab Construction Corp.
Artist's Rendering - Morocco

SOURCE: 1965 World's Fair Information Manual

The New York City Building designed by Aymar Embury was the home of the New York City exhibit during the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair. The two story rectangular structure was the largest permanent building erected for the 1939 Fair. After World War II, the City offered the building as a temporary headquarters to the United Nations. Within six months, the Assembly Hall, Office and Services were completed, to be used by the United Nations for the next five years. The building also served as a temporary administration headquarters for the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair for nine months during 1960.
All four walls of the white New York City building have pierced masonry grill-work with backlighting. The columns supporting the canopies are sheathed in bronze and gold-colord aluminum. Fountains are located at either end of the building.
A 9 by 14 inch scale model of New Amsterdam in the year 1660 is displayed in the lobby of the building. The model of New Amsterdam, re-created as the settlement was known then, was built for the Museum of the City of New York. It shows a tiny town of steeped-roof houses at the tip of Manhattan Island, extending only as far as Wall Street, whch was actually a wall in those days, erected as protection against invaders. The model is complete and accurate in every detail. Its purpose is to provide historic contrast to the huge display model of the city today.

"Panorama Around New York," is a representation of the city as it is today and it it faithfully reproduces every one of the more than 800,000 structures and the topography of the five boroughs of the City. The scale is one inch for each 100 feet. On this scale for instance, the Empire State Building is 12 inches high. Visitors to the exhbiit are conveyed in suspended cars around the 500 foot perimeter of the model. The cars simulate a low flying helicopter trip around New York City. Visitors hear a synchronized commentary. Special lighting techinques create sunlight and twilight effects. During the twilight scenes each city department facility is highlighted by sequences of colored lights. As each department lights up, a synchronized tape message describes the department and its function.

New York City

Source: NY World's Fair Publication For Those Who Produced the New York World's Fair 1964-1965


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