Graffiti vandals deface historic World’s Fair pavilion in Queens

Posted at 2:12 PM, Jan 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-09 14:22:45-05

It’s a beautiful famous landmark that’s the centerpiece of movies like “Men in Black.” But lately, the New York State Pavilion’s rotunda has become the target of vandals.

More than a dozen tags by graffiti artists have lined the insides of the 1964-65 World’s Fair Landmark, and Parks Department crews were busy last week trying to clean up the mess.

But it’s hard to keep up with all the graffiti that keeps popping up.

With a nearby skateboarding park, it’s not hard to find YouTube videos of skateboarders displaying their stellar moves at the park.

queensBut some say the skateboarding is now moving inside the landmark, and some teenagers are starting to deface the pavilion that will be soon celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Keeping the place closed off to people is tough. PIX11 found the gate open, but only because they were cleaning. PIX11 was told to leave.

Some say it’s a shame there isn’t more enforcement. Tourists coming from as far away as Spain said they are angry.

“They have to stay on top of it and be punished,” one said.

The source of the graffiti not known, but a restoration project is underway and will paint over the insides this spring.