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Today in the NYSCI Archives: an aerial perspective on Flushing Meadows from 1968. Click to enlarge image.

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Research Fellow-SciPlay

JOB DESCRIPTION Position Title:   Sciplay Research Fellow Department:     Programs and Research Reports to:       Senior Scientist FLSA Status:    Exempt (Professional) Background: The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is New York City’s only hands-on science and technology center, with a mission to bring the excitement and…

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Stained Glass feature on the Great Hall, 1965

Last weekend, a few hundred people had a look behind the curtain on the nearly-finished restoration of the Great Hall.  (The scaffolds are down!) There was much discussion about the dalle de verre panels and the care that has gone into their repair. In spring…

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Development Operations Manager

JOB DESCRIPTION Position Title:    Development Operations Manager Department:       Institutional Advancement Reports to:         Vice President of Institutional Advancement Job Code:          11-2031 FLSA:                 Exempt (Professional) Background: The New York Hall…

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Kathy Ligori

Group Reservationist, External Affairs (718) 595-9154 kligori@nysci.org

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World’s Fair Exhibits in the Hall of Science

More on the occasion of our 50th Birthday. Yesterday, we looked at Wallace Harrison’s iconic Great Hall. Today, let’s look downstairs at what is today known as our Central Pavilion. The galleries were put beneath the main structure due to the soil conditions at the…

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Caroline Young

Portfolio Manager, Institutional Advancement (718) 595-9190 cyoung@nysci.org

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Wallace Harrison’s “Cathedral of Science”

“At a time when science vies with religion in explaining the mysteries of the universe, this is an oddly significant architectural twist.” So wrote Ada Louise Huxtable about Wallace Harrison’s Hall of Science. Harrison said he was simply looking for a new way to build…

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Happy 50th Birthday, New York Hall of Science

September 9 marks fifty years since the dedication of the Hall of Science. On that date in 1964, Mayor Wagner, Robert Moses, and other dignitaries led an hour-long ceremony in the blazing sun while guests “mopped their brows” and murmured to each other that “it’s…

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Science Instructor

JOB DESCRIPTION Position Title: Science Instructor Department: Education Services Reports to: Vice President for Education Services Job Code: 25-3021 FLSA: Exempt (Administrative) Background: The New York Hall of Science presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations and design activities that explain science, technology, engineering and math. A visit…

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Julie Burns

Reservation Manager, External Affairs (718) 595-9113 Jburns@nysci.org

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Kelvin Burdier

Visitor Experience Supervisor (718) 683-9375 Kburdier@nysci.org

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Kat Bloomfield

Development Associate (718) 595-9165 Kbloomfield@nysci.org

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Elizabeth Bannister

Group Reservationist, External Affairs (718) 595-9184 Ebannister@nysci.org

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Sarah Baker

Portfolio Manager (718) 683-9390 Sbaker@nysci.org

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May ’68: Donovan Speaks at Science Hall

More than 300 superintendents, principals and science guidance advisors come to the Hall of Science for Nuclear Week.   Among those who helped plan Nuclear Week in New York was none other than John Dunning. Read more about the history of NYSCI in our Archives.

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Apr ’68: Flushing Meadows Science Hall to Be Expanded

Five months after the Hall of Science expansion received the go-ahead from City Planning, Max O. Urbahn Architects was retained to lead the project. An ambiguous start date of “fall or next spring” was reported for start of construction. Emanuel Piore said the new museum…

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Nov ’67: Hall of Science Elects New President

Less than two weeks after the City Planning Commission approved the expansion plan for the Hall of Science, founding President, John Dunning, stepped down from the Board and was succeeded by IBM’s chief scientist,Emanuel Piore. Born in Lithuania, Piore came to the US at age…

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The purpose, the plan, and the cost to expand the Hall of Science

Here’s more from the 1966 publicity book promoting the Hall of Science expansion.   Read more about the history of the Hall of Science in the NYSCI Archives.

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An early pitch for the post-Fair expansion plan

This was the model of the Atomarium unveiled by Mayor Lindsay in 1967. But this publicity book from June of 1966 reveals an earlier concept: Max O. Urbahn replaced Wallace Harrison as the architect. The $7.6 million cost of the original Hall of Science, twice…

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