You may remember when last November, New Yorkers and nostalgic 1964 World's Fair attendees rejoiced at the New York State Pavilion's makeover, including a fresh paint job in its original color, "American Cheese." 

It was the first sign that anyone was seeking to preserve or utilize Queens' NYS Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park since it was open for visitors briefly in 2014. 

But now there is an "anything goes" initiative to re-imagine the Pavilion. 

It's a joint-venture competition launched by community group People for the Pavilion and the National Trust for Historic Preservation aimed to revamp the Pavilion in some imaginative new way for a new generation. 

Obviously there wasn't a competition for the most imaginative name for the competition itself, as it's going by "New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition." Good thing they're looking for outside help on the design, but that's neither here nor there. 

The important part is that anyone can enter. You don't have to be an engineer or an architect, you just have to be above age 13. 


The objective is to redesign the Pavilion to be reopened for public use for generation to come, with renewed purpose, with a new outlook.

First prize wins $3000, second prize wins a cold grand and third prize will put $500 in your pocket. For honor and glory, a fan favorite will be selected by a public vote on the competition's website

Remember, supposedly anything goes. So if your idea is to redesign the Pavilion as a motocross cage that fits 5 dirt bikers, or to revamp it into the world's biggest gyroscope just for fun, go for it!

The competition is open to anyone and they're accepting ideas until July 1st. So start drafting. Maybe by next year we can have a three tiered laser tag arena right in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park?

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[via Curbed NY] [Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]