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Unisphere

Peace Through Understanding

 
 
Unisphere Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, September 28, 2008
1. Unisphere Marker
Loated on granite base bordering the pool.
Inscription. Dedicated toward man's aspirations to Peace Through Understanding and symbolizing his achievements in an expanding universe.
Built and presented by the United States Steel Corporation (USS)to the New York World's Fair April 22, 1964.
Made of Stainless Steel, the Unisphere is 140' high, 120' feet in diameter and weighs 700,000 pounds.
 
Erected 1964 by United States Steel.
 
Location. 40° 44.782′ N, 73° 50.705′ W. Marker is in Flushing, New York, in Queens County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Meridian Road and Grand Central Parkway. Click for map. Access via exit 9P of the Grand Cental Parkway. The Unisphere and marker are just east of the Queens Museum of Art (the New York City Building during the 1964/64 New York World's Fair). Marker is at or near this postal address: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing NY 11355, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. NYC Bomb and Forgery Squad Explosion Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Exedra (approx. 0.3 miles away); William A. Shea Municipal Stadium (approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing);
Unisphere image. Click for full size.
By Mary Ellen Coghlan, September 20, 2008
2. Unisphere
Louis Armstrong House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Friends Meeting House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Quaker Meeting House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Flushing Civil War Monument (approx. 1.4 miles away); Remsen Cemetery (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Flushing.
 
More about this marker. The Unisphere was the symbol of the 1964/65 New York World's Fair and was granted landmark status by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on May 10, 1995.
 
Regarding Unisphere. Extensive information about the Unisphere and the 1964/65 New York World's Fair can be found at: www.nywf64.com
 
Additional keywords. Flushing Meadows Corona Park
 
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Unisphere image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
3. Unisphere
The fountain under the Unisphere is no longer operational and is not being maintained by the Parks Department.
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By R. C.
4. Unisphere
View from under the Unisphere looking upwards.
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By R. C.
5. Unisphere
Its rings represent the orbits of the first American astronaut, the first Russian cosmonaut and the first communications satellite to orbit the Earth.
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By R. C.
6. Unisphere
When the Unisphere was constructed, there were lights all over the sphere representing world capitols. Over the decades, vandals have destroyed the electrical wiring that powered the lamps.
Unisphere image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
7. Unisphere
Alternate view of Unisphere seen from below the sphere.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York. This page has been viewed 925 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mary Ellen Coghlan of Warwick, New York.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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