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The Hall of Science has “Limited Salvage Value”

In the Spring of 1967, the Hall of Science was booming.  More than 100,000 people had visited since the Hall reopened as a museum following the World’s Fair.  The City formally unveiled plans for an expansion that would include the Atomarium, a nuclear reactor suitable…

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Cariello Presses the Case for the Atomarium

Joining Robert Moses and John Lindsay in spurring on the proposed Hall of Science expansion was Queens Borough President Mario Cariello. A public servant for nearly three decades before becoming BP in 1963, Cariello had a reputation for sincerity and competence, not to mention “good…

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A Hot Reactor in Queens

Robert Moses’ cheerleading for an expanded Hall of Science was matched by Mayor Lindsay on May 31, 1967, when he announced a $10 million City commitment for a new building to be built within 14 months. The five-story addition would house 190,000 square feet of…

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“No one can overestimate what this ambitious institution may in time accomplish.”

From the time the City of New York first committed to building a Hall of Science at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, it was with the understanding that a post-Fair expansion would be required to transform the Hall of Science from a World’s Fair pavilion into…

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Happy 50th Anniversary, 1964-65 World’s Fair

The 1964-65 World’s Fair opened 50 years ago today.  But the Hall of Science did not. The Hall of Science was not in the original plan for the World’s Fair. It’s inclusion at the Fair came after a prolonged political struggle between a group of…

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“More fun than hooky”

When the Hall of Science opened as a museum in September 1966, it was an instant attraction. In the first three weeks, 25,000 people visited. “Frankly the acceptance of the Hall has passed everyone’s wildest expectations,” Francis Miller, the Executive Director, was quoted in the World…

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“Here we shall teach the smallest child to enjoy the toys of science…”

Celebrating 50 years since the Hall of Science opened at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, we have launched the NYSCI Archive. We’ll share a half century of memories: how the Hall of Science came to be and became what it is today. We’ll see how the…

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