Sunday, April 30, 2017

Who Knew Queens Was Once A Place Of Such Magic??????????

                                  The things one learns in the most unlikely places!!!!!!!!!  On our Lizzie Borden trip last Saturday, from a verbose and talkative guy named Gary, from, I believe, Rego Park, I learned that on what is now the Queens Center Mall once existed a magical amusement park, known as Fairyland.

                                     Its heyday was the 1950's and 1960's.  People who were children then--now those of us in their fifties and sixties--would remember it, but I had never heard of it, having grown up in Jersey, and not having even heard of Queens, or setting foot in it, during the 1964-65 New York World's Fair.  I never imagined it would become such a wasteland, by the time I lived there, from 1997 to 2012.

                                    I wish places like this still existed.  Even abandoned, it would be fun to explore, and photograph.

                                     Sure, places liked Disneyland, Disneyworld, and Six Flags Great Adventure shut down smaller ventures such as these.  They were actually more interesting, sleazy, macabre, and, ultimately, interesting, than their more commercial imitators.

                                        If only Fairyland could be brought back.  This may  be the only way to do it.
Any readers out there with memories of having been to this place, please share!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                        Let us all return to Fairyland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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