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Mini-NYC Reopens in NYC

For inhabitants of New York City who can't get enough of themselves -- and for everyone who craves an old fashioned, birds-eye view of the Big Apple -- the "Panorama" will reopen on February 4, 2007. It joins several other attractions that are still visible at the site of the 1964 New York World's Fair

The Panorama occupies a good chunk of the Queens Museum of Art, which was the New York State Pavilion at both the 1964 and 1939 Fairs. It's the world's largest scale model, covering nearly 10,000 square feet, recreating in miniature 895,000 buildings. It took 100 workers more than three years to build.

The Panorama was closed in 2005 so that its skyscrapers could be updated and its tens of thousands of tiny burned-out light bulbs replaced. A multimedia show has also been added, to better impress upon visitors the importance of what they will see.

The Panorama offers a New York City-centric view of the universe. Neighboring cities such as Yonkers, Newark, Hoboken, Fort Lee, and Jersey City are represented as black voids.

[01/21/2007]

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Address:
Ave. of the States, Queens, NY
Directions:
Take the #7 train to 111th St. in Queens. Walk downhill on 111th St. (south) for four blocks. Just after you cross under a bridge, you'll see rockets to the left; you can cut diagonally through the parking lot to get to them. Walk past the rockets, bear to the right at the supersonic jet sculpture, then make a left at the geodesic dome and walk across the bridge over the Grand Central Pky. To the right is a gray, boxy building, the Queens Museum of Art; its front entrance faces the Unisphere.
Hours:
W-F 10-5, Sa-Su 12-5 (Call to verify)
Phone:
718-592-9700
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