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Don Michael Luistro

Science Instructor, Education (718) 595-9172 dluistro@nysci.org

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Catherine Cramer

Program Manager, Science and Technology (718) 595-9121 ccramer@nysci.org

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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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Antonio Renovales

Science Instructor, Education (718) 595-9126 arenovales@nysci.org

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Anthony Douyon

Lab Technician, Exhibits (718) 595-9119 adouyon@nysci.org

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Amy Kamarainen

Visiting Scholar, SciPlay (718) 683-9380 akamarainen@nysci.org

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Amina Fresno

Visitor Services, External Affairs (718) 683-9385 afresno@nysci.org

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Akosua (Naana) Ohene

Special Events Assistant (718) 595-9163 nohene@nysci.org

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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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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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“The need in New York is for greater awareness of… pure and applied science.”

The design unveiled in the spring of 1967–and begrudgingly approved by the City Planning Commission later that year–for an expanded Hall of Science, featuring a live nuclear reactor, was the culmination of planning that began even before the 1964-65 World’s Fair.  The trustees planned to…

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