Networks of Power: The New York World's Fair of 1964-1965

Jan 01, 2008 | by
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In 1959, a group of Manhattan businessmen conceived the idea of having a second world's fair in New York City. Although the World's Fair of 1939-1940 in New York had not been a financial success, these men remembered it fondly as an international event that had brought their city recognition and had opened up a window to the future. To lead the corporation that would run the 1964-1965 fair, they chose Robert Moses, who was one of the most powerful men in New York State, let alone New York City, and was used to getting his way. At the time Moses held numerous posts: Park Commissioner and Construction Coordinator of New York City, head of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, and Chair of the State Power Authority, the Long Island State Park Commission, and the State Council of Parks. Moses accepted the job, despite having to give up his city positions, because he saw his involvement with the fair as a way to realize a long-held dream: to make the site of the world's fair a great park to rival Central Park.