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  • Flushing Meadows–Corona Park
    Though best known as the location of the US Open, Flushing Meadows–Corona Park—which, at 1,255 acres, is the City's fourth-largest park—boasts a range of worthy attractions. It was the site of two World's Fairs (1939–1940 and 1964–1965). The Unisphere, a 140-foot-tall stainless-steel globe built for the 1964–1965 World's Fair, and the observatory towers, site of the final alien fight scene in Men in Black, serve as reminders of the event. Nearby, the New York City Building, built for the New York City Pavilion at the 1939–1940 World's Fair and home of the General Assembly of the United Nations from 1946 to 1950, houses the newly expanded Queens Museum (formerly the Queens Museum of Art). Inside is the not-to-be-missed Panorama of the City of New York, an impressively detailed 9,335-square-foot scale model of the City featuring every building constructed before 1992 as well as Citi Field (which in 2009 replaced Shea Stadium as the home of baseball's Mets). Other Flushing Meadows–Corona Park attractions include the Queens Zoo, the hands-on New York Hall of Science, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Theatre and the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, a weekend-long sporting and cultural event held in August.

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