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 looks, personal warmth, and articulate speech.”

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Cariello went to Washington personally to lobby for the Atomarium.  He believed the project “means so much to the people of Queens that we can’t take any chances of losing it.”

As we’ll see Cariello, was the first of several Queens Borough Presidents who were instrumental in advancing–and saving–the Hall of Science.


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Read more about the history of the New York Hall of Science in the NYSCI Archives.