Back on the Map: The Astro-View Observation Towers

By far, the most recognized elements of the New York State Pavilion were its three Astro-View observation towers, purportedly inspired by the buildings of Krypton in the Superman comics. The tallest observation tower stood at 226 feet, contained two observation platforms, and was the highest point of the Fair. These observation decks offered fairgoers an exciting panorama of the fairgrounds and surrounding area including the skyline of New York City. A visitor would travel to the top by taking a 20-second ride in the glass “Sky Streak” capsule. A second, lower platform also acted as an observation deck for viewers. The lowest tower was reserved for use as a snack bar.

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