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May 6

Queens, New York

A Panorama View of New York City

A 9,335 square foot architectural model of the entire New York City 

Constructed for the 1964 World’s Fair, the Panorama of the City of New York exhibit at the Queens Museum shows the entire sprawling city in miniature. 

The Panorama was built by a team of more than 100 people working for the great architectural model makers Raymond Lester & Associates over the course of three years. Around 100 prolific architectural model makers built an incredibly realistic model of all five boroughs in New York City. The model now contains over 895,000 individual structures, including every building in the city that was standing before 1992. 

Slight changes to this miniature city have been made over time in order to preserve its architectural integrity, and in 1992 the city was modified and brought up to date.

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