According to their website, Terrace on the Park in Corona, Queens has been New York City‘s most recognizable event venue for over thirty years. Yeah, nice try, but it’s a fascinating snippet of hubris nonetheless. Though, it might be one of the more recognizable event sites in the city after all. They are a dime a dozen in Manhattan, but this one slice of weird architecture, proudly (awkwardly?) standing tall in the middle of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, doesn’t quite blend in with its surroundings. Also, even as a native New Yorker, I had no idea that it is primarily used for weddings and various other receptions these days. Want to know why? When I passed it by a few weeks ago, it was deserted and closed, not to mention, the beam in the middle looks as if there’s a bizarre faded version of the USA hanging from it…What kind of turncoats are running this place?
Let’s hear it for the benefit of the doubt: It was March and the late afternoon during a weekday, thus not exactly the most popular time of the year for marriages. Oh, and it’s original purpose was to serve as a heliport and exhibition hall during the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.
Could you see yourself celebrating something, anything atop New York’s Terrace on the Park?