This web site began as a companion project to the museum exhibition The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery, which was on view at the City Reliquary in Brooklyn in the summer of 2009. The exhibit and web site have both been produced by designer Kirsten Hively and journalist Paul Lukas, who've been interested in (okay, obsessed with) these pavilions since September of 2008. Want to know more about Kirsten? Links to some of her projects are here. For more about Paul, look here. And for more about the marina pavilions and this research project, explore the rest of this site.
Or: How Attending a Mets Game Changed Our Lives for the Better Part of a Year
In September of 2008, I was working on an article about Shea Stadium, which was slated to be demolished that winter. In the course of my research, I came across a discussion board where people were sharing memories and old photos of Shea. One of them posted the following note:
When Shea was built, I remember that it corresponded very well to the aesthetics of the 1964-65 World's Fair. … One of Shea's best and most "futuristic" features were the beautiful, white, soaring bus shelters that were like those of the rest of the Fair. They're still there, though unused and crumbling, over by the bay, towards LaGuardia, near where people now have to park, if you walk west under the [Whitestone] Expressway.
Later in the same thread, someone responded by posting this photo.
Hmmm, intriguing. But I had attended about 200 Mets games over the years and had no idea what these people were referring to. How could that be? A few weeks later, I attended one last game at Shea, this time accompanied by Kirsten, and we decided to arrive early so we could check out these futuristic bus shelter thingies.