On Friday, 21 March, the College Regional Studies Program (led by Dr John Staudt) made a field research visit to the Queens Museum in Flushing as part of their study of Robert Moses and the building of the region’s transportation network and infrastructure.
The students were taken on a guided tour of the New York City Panorama. Conceived as a celebration of the City’s municipal infrastructure by urban mastermind and World’s Fair President Robert Moses for the 1964 Fair, the Panorama is the “world’s largest scale model.” Comprising an area of 9,335 square feet and built to a scale of 1:1200 where one inch equals 100 feet, the Panorama is a metropolis in miniature. Each of the city’s 895,000 buildings constructed prior to 1992 and every street, park and some 100 bridges are represented and assembled onto 273 individual sections comprising the 320 square miles of New York City.
The students also explored the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair exhibits on display at the museum.
Thanks to Dr. Staudt for the trip description and Rana Ghelichkhani (Class of 2014) for the photos!