The Unisphere

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The Unisphere

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The Unisphere is a giant steel globe that sits in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It is a famous sight in central Queens and is visible to drivers on the Long Island Expressway, the Grand Central, and Van Wyck, as well as to airline passengers arriving and departing from LaGuardia and JFK airports. The Unisphere is one of the symbols of the borough and also one of the largest globes ever made.

The Unisphere found its perch in Queens for the 1964-1965 World's Fair. The US Steel Corporation built it as a symbol of world peace. Since then the Unisphere has welcomed visitors, soccer players, museum and theater goers, Mets fans, and the people of New York.

It is 140 feet high and 120 feet in diameter. It weighs 900,000 pounds. Since the continents are the heaviest parts of the all-steel sculpture and they aren't evenly distributed, the Unisphere is top heavy. It was carefully engineered to account for the unbalanced mass.

Also, it is a spot for people to stroll, a meeting place for friends, and a hangout for teenage skaters. It reminds us that the world does live in the borough: the people of Queens come from more places than anywhere else on the planet.


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