Want to see the largest globe in the world? Besides the actual world that is. You need to check out the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park, NY. Whether you are on vacation in the Queens area, or if you are thinking about moving into one of the great Queens neighborhoods like the Rockaways or Arverne by the see, you might be surprised at just how much there is to do. The Unisphere is one of the most popular attractions in the area.
The Unisphere is located right in the center of Queens and is visible driving on the LIE, from Grand Central Park and also from Van Wyck. Passengers flying into our out of LaGuardia or JFK have a great view as well.
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The Unisphere’s dedication reads “Peace Through Understanding.” It was first commissioned for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair held in Queens. The US Steel Corporation built the monolithic globe as a symbol world peace. It is 140 feet high and 120 feet in diameter weighing over 900,000 pounds! It may be interesting to note that this weight is actually distributed unevenly, since the continents of course are the heaviest parts of the globe. The whole thing had to be precisely and carefully engineered in order to make sure everything was save.
So where else can I see the Unisphere from?
Perhaps the best view of the Unisphere is while driving south on Van Wyck, making it even more impressive is the Manhattan skyline visible in the background while looking on the Unisphere from this angle. Other places to see the Unisphere are from the side streets around the neighborhood of Flushing west of Main Street. The closest view obviously is is from the park itself though.
About the park the Unisphere is located in
Flushing Meadows Park is a popular and beautiful location within Queens, NY. You’ll find people from all over enjoying the park at all times of the year, strolling, meeting with friends are just sitting on a bench and enjoying the scenery. Flushing Meadows Park has all kinds of activities available for nearly anyone. In addition to the beautiful Unisphere Flushing Meadows Park is home of Corona Park. Flushing was once a swamp and the location of an ash dump, but through a massive project and a lot of effort it is now one of the larges parks in Queens. It is home to a number of very popular museums, sporting events, even a zoo. Perhaps the biggest draw of this great park is the Mets at Shea Stadium. It is also home of the US Open. At an impressive 1,225 acres, it is actually one and a half times the size of the often more touted Manhattan Central Park. The park is huge and is surrounded by freeways, with easy access from nearly any direction.
If you are looking for something to do in the Queens area, or if you are on vacation around New York, the Unisphere is definitely something you might want to take a look at. While you are in the Queens area be sure to check out these beautiful Queens Beachfront Homes offered at Arverne By The Sea.