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Science and Inspiration: NYSCI’s Annual Gala Dinner

On November 18, 2014, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) hosted their annual Gala dinner, known as “An Evening of Science and Inspiration”, at Manhattan’s Cipriani 42. As NYSCI celebrated its 50th anniversary, the event also honored: – Denise L. Ramos, CEO & President,…

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NYSCI 50th anniversary commemoration

Seth Dubin, Chairman Emeritus, New York Hall of Science, introduces NYSCI’s 50th anniversary at the 2014 NYSCI Gala by remembering it’s roots. NYSCI 50th anniversary commemoration from NYSCI on Vimeo.

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NYSCI Honors Two Leaders of STEM

Earlier this week, NYSCI’s 2014 Evening of Science and Inspiration honored two prominent business leaders who are committed to advancing STEM education and workforce development. Denise Ramos, the chief executive of ITT Corp, received the Distinguished Leadership Award for her leadership in establishing diversity throughout…

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NYSCI Gala: Honoring Denise Ramos

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, NYSCI will be hosting its annual Gala, An Evening of Science and Inspiration, at Cipriani 42 in Manhattan. As a preview, we will be profiling our honorees here on NYSCI’s website. Listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s Biz Person of the Year, NYSCI…

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NYSCI Gala: Honoring Jeanne Sullivan

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, NYSCI will be hosting its annual Gala, An Evening of Science and Inspiration, at Cipriani 42 in Manhattan. As a preview, we will be profiling our honorees here on NYSCI’s website. NYSCI is proud to honor Jeanne M. Sullivan with the Vision…

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NYSCI Gala: Honoring Shakuntala (Devi) Gopal

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, NYSCI will be hosting its annual Gala, An Evening of Science and Inspiration, at Cipriani 42 in Manhattan. As a preview, we will be profiling our honorees here on NYSCI’s website. At this year’s gala, NYSCI is pleased to honor and bestow…

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NYSCI Gala: Honoring Alan Friedman (1942 – 2014)

On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, NYSCI will be hosting its annual Gala, An Evening of Science and Inspiration, at Cipriani 42 in Manhattan. As a preview, we will be profiling our honorees here on NYSCI’s website. Alan Friedman was in love with science, but what he loved…

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April 1968: Congratulations to our 1,000,000th visitor

 

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Our “Bare” Fair

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

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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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Project! World’s Fair

We invite you to leave the kids behind and come out for a night illuminated by images of the past, present and future, inspired by the Fair, and experience the NYSCI of today against a backdrop of rockets and large-scale artist projections and installations on, in and around NYSCI’s building and exhibits.

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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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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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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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