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April 13, 2014

Revisiting NYC's 1964 World's Fair, 50 years later

Some landmarks still remain in Queens for anniversary

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Located in the park, near the Willets Point stop on the No. 7 train. Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; adults, $8, children under 12, free.

ROCKETS AND NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE

Two NASA rockets stand 100 feet high (30 meters) outside the New York Hall of Science, a museum that opened a few years after the '64 fair, replacing a temporary pavilion. The rockets were part of a space park at the fair that captured the excitement of the era's quest to get a man on the moon.

Towering over the Hall of Sciences is an undulating concrete building called the Great Hall, an architectural marvel that was an original fair site. Undergoing renovation now, it's due to reopen in October, when visitors will be able to experience the other-worldly interior covered in blue stained glass.

The Hall of Science has undergone a series of renovations over the years and today houses exhibits exploring everything from microbes to the science of basketball. It also has a small but worthwhile display in a second-floor hallway of brochures, tickets and other memorabilia from the fair, along with a first-floor display of photos of World's Fairs going back to the 19th century.

Located at 47-1 111th St. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; adults, $11, children 2-17, $8.

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY'S QUEENS ZOO

A geodesic dome from the '64 fair serves as the zoo's walk-through aviary. The zoo specializes in North and South American animals, ranging from bears to pumas.

Located at 53-51 111th St. Daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (5:30 p.m. on weekends); adults, $8, children 3-12, $5.

CAROUSEL

The carousel dates to the early 1900s and was brought to Queens for the '64 fair from Coney Island, Brooklyn. Located outside the zoo, near 111th Street and 55th Avenue. Open weekends and school holidays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., $3.

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