I’m looking through you, where did you go?
I thought I knew you, what did I know?
You don’t look different, but you have changed.
I’m looking through you, you’re not the same!
Lyrics from “I’m Looking Through You” by the Beatles, 1965.
Photo by Rick Stachura. The “Panorama of the City of New York” at Queens Museum. In Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens. June 16, 2018.
Built for the 1939-40 World’s Fair, today’s Queens Museum was originally called the City of New York Building. During the 1964-65 World’s Fair, it housed the City’s official display: a scale model of the five boroughs comprising an area of some 9,335 square feet.
Commissioned by Robert Moses, the Panorama required $673,000, three years, and a team of more than 100 full-time workers from Raymond Lester & Associates to realize. Since the Fair, it’s been updated five times — although the last major overhaul took place in 1992.
However, since the launch of the Museum’s “Adopt-A-Building” program in 2009, single structures are at least being added with greater frequency. The Panorama now contains over 895,000 buildings — and that’s not counting the miniature planes coming and going from LaGuardia Airport every few minutes or so.