Imagine getting a glimpse into a new version of New York City, entirely unlike the one we know so well. Throughout it's history, New York's architectural designers and engineers have proposed a broad range projects and ideas, (some of which we should be truly thankful were never completed)... 

Let's take it back to 1941, when there was a plan to drain the East River and fill it in with subway tracks, highways, and even a new City Hall. This was thought to potentially solve the ongoing traffic congestion problem. How exactly this would be an effective or even attainable plan, is not entirely clear to us now. 

Ultimately it didn't make enough sense in the '40s either because, as you know, the East River is alive and well! 

Or maybe some of you have heard of the time in 1960, when architectural designer R. Buckminster Fuller constructed an plan to build an enormous dome over Midtown. 

Of course, this is only naming but a few of the many ideas that were never actually put into action. Who knows the lasting impacts, good or bad, that these changes would have had on the city?


This month, the Queens Museum will give you an exciting look into a world where these projects were actually completed, with their new exhibit; Never Built New York. The show is co-curated by Greg Golden and Sam Lubell, along with exhibition designer, Christian Wassmann

Dozens of wildly outlandish plans, that never saw the light of day, will be incorporated. This should be a truly unique experience, observing historical events while simultaneously exploring a NYC that never actually existed! 

Never Built New York is expected to be so incredibly shocking, that places we all know and love, like Central Park, will appear completely unrecognizable.

The exhibit will be broken up into three parts: 

The Rubin Gallery  will show Manhattan as it would be today, with projects like Steven Holl’s Parallax Towers as well as a new Central Park, inspired by the Gardens of Versailles, France. 

The Museum's well-known Panorama of the City of New York exhibit, will include a total of 70 new projects to really give viewers insight into what the city would looked like if ALL of the exhibit's projects or conceptual ideas had been brought to life.  


The Flushing Meadows Corona Park section will focus in specifically on changes that would have been made to this particular area. 

Never Built New York will run from September 17th through February 18th. You can find any additional info you may need, at the museum's website!

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