Tour of The New York World's Fair Site
Mets/Citifield - Willets Pt 7 Train Station
Welcome to my tour of the New York World’s Fair grounds. My name is Lori Greenberg. I’m a graphic designer and writer, who blogs about New York City.
I was born in the Bronx, grew up near the Fair grounds in Queens, and have lived in four out of the five boroughs. I love writing, reading and hearing about NYC history. I can also imitate most of the Nu Yawk accents of the city, but they seem to be changing faster and faster these days. Like most New Yorkers, I am excited to show off my city.
You should be standing outside the Mets/Willets Pt subway station.
Locals also know it by other nicknames: Citi Field, Shea Stadium, and Flushing Meadows/Corona Park. These reflect the evolution of the area.
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So, lets get going.
Turn with your back to the station and start walking toward the pedestrian bridge ahead.
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The station was constructed for the 1939-1940 World's Fair and was then expanded for the 1964-1965 fair, which was built on the same grounds.
Soon after the ’64 – ’65 fair, the station was re-named for Shea Stadium. It was the new home of the New York Mets, which is my family's favorite baseball team.
My mom is from the Bronx, my dad is from Brooklyn, and my family raised us in Queens. So our baseball loyalties lay with the Mets in Queens. The Mets are usually the underdogs, and historically they tend to lose a lot, which somehow makes us love them even more.
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While you walk, I'll explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means that you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.
Keep going, making your way over the pedestrian bridge. I'll meet you further ahead.