We were very excited to close
the 2019 season with great promise towards the future of the
pavilion. NYC Parks held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the pavilion
on November 9, 2019 to begin restoration work on the towers! We were
interviewed by CBS NY TV! Check it out
we have SOME great news
to share: the work has finally started!
We visited the site on
February 15, 2020 and have these photos and descriptions to share with
It has been a long time
coming for the pavilion and all those involved in the support of
saving this iconic structure. Many years in the making! Hopefully,
this is just the beginning...
Thank you for your donations and
clear but very cold day to explore but here we go!
The bases of each of the 16 TOT
columns were closed in with cement block. This block has been removed.
A little left over debris from the removal of cement block. Each
opening has been protected with plywood.
The columns contain telephone and electrical panels, typically
alternating every other one. The plywood was marked so the
construction crews know what to expect inside. These will be upgraded
so the columns can be lighted.
Typical marking for the plywood.
Atypical marking for the plywood! Smooshy!
Another view of the plywood additions.
Time to take a walk
around to the towers. A stop by the gate first.
boxes within the base of the towers. Port-a-potty too!
The remains of the two
At least they are
still there for now.
An advanced state of
Yearning to be viable
once again but not in this project scope
Queens Theatre in the
Some torch cut steel.
A sign of progress!
to the lower level cleaned up.
view of contractor presence.
The basement below the towers contained the mechanicals for the
elevators; motors, relays, electrical among other things. Since its
deep below it tended to flood. The current work is supposed to make it
water tight and replace the electrical so the towers and columns can
Temporary electric service to support the work.
towers remain proud.
Although it does not appear work has begun high in the towers, there
will be improvements in this phase. The stairs leading to the
observation decks will be replaced, the cables from which the decks
hang will be replaced as well as some concrete work.
flags: underground telephone. Red flags: underground electric.
Stephanie and Gary brave the cold to help bring this special report to
you yes, that's my frozen shadow!
Two construction office trailers. They will likely be there until 2022
when the project is slated for completion.
We will try to bring you periodic updates. In the meantime,
spread the word about the pavilion. We will be back in the spring to
continue our work. See you in the park!