A contest is encouraging people to imagine the possibilities for a 1964 World’s Fair relic. NY1's Clodagh McGowan filed the following report.
A new contest is inspiring people to change the way they look at the New York State Pavilion building.
'The Tent of Tomorrow', a highlight of the 1964 World's Fair, now sits dormant in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
"We wanted to have this challenge as a way for people to really get to know what the Tent of Tomorrow is and to know the history of this space, so they can advocate with us to restore it," said Yvonne Shortt, the executive director of RPGA Studio.
RPGA Studio is a non-profit that finds creative solutions to solve community problems.
The group did community outreach asking people what they'd like to see the space used for in the future.
She said the ideas they received are just as diverse as the borough itself, from an art museum, to an amusement park to a hanging garden space.
"It seemed that a lot of people had their own interests, things they were excited by and then they used that to spur their interest of what the pavilion should be," said Shortt.
The campaign has brought in submissions from across the globe. Organizers say while some ideas like the cheeseburger museum and the UFO landing pad are on the wacky side, some ideas do have the potential to work.
Organizers say while the winning design likely won't come to fruition, the campaign has been a great way to bring attention to the structure.
"It's been part of New York City's history, such an integral part of the skyline and in certain places this is always visible. And I think that there is tremendous value in saving this place and using it for something else," said Salmaan Khan, of People for the Pavilion.
Borough President Melinda Katz helped secure $13 million to restore the pavilion to its former glory. She envisions it being lit up and an important part of the Queens skyline.
"We are going to light it up, hopefully within a year. It will be part of the skyline, with the Queens Museum and the unisphere,” said Katz.
For a look at some of the ideas, head to nyspideas.org.
Voting is open through Friday, July 15.