This Swanky Bomb Shelter Might Be Hidden Somewhere Under an NYC Park

You wouldn't believe it just by looking at it, but this slice of 60s Americana is located three feet underneath a New York City park. Or, at least, it was back in 1964. Whether it's still there remains a mystery—one almost as fascinating as the reason it was constructed in the first place. » 3/19/14 1:00pm 3/19/14 1:00pm

Should Queens Tear Down the 1964 World's Fair Pavilion?

Last month, officials in New York determined that it would cost $53 million to fix and restore the New York State Pavilion, the series of hulking space-age structures built in Flushing Meadows Corona Park during the 1964-65 World's Fair. Should these deteriorating ruins be preserved? » 12/06/13 1:00pm 12/06/13 1:00pm

Future Fashion From the 1939 World's Fair Looked Really Uncomfortable

The Atlantic just published a gorgeous collection of images from the 1939 New York World's Fair, including the photo above, which is brand new to this retro-future bloggist. It all looks pretty standard — except for the outfits. » 11/01/13 7:00pm 11/01/13 7:00pm

Where the Future Came From: A Trip Through the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

What would you do if you had a time machine? Go watch the ancient Egyptian pyramids being built? Hang out with Jesus and turn some water into wine? Kill Hitler, maybe? These are all, no doubt, noble endeavors. But I've often said—and I stand by this—that if I had a time machine, I'd go visit the 1893 World's Fair in… » 7/12/13 12:34pm 7/12/13 12:34pm

The Weird Futurism of the 1970 World's Fair

The 1970 World's Fair in Osaka, the first to be held in Japan, was full of retro-futuristic architectural splendor. Here's a look at just a few of its strange sights. [Pink Tentacle] » 11/25/10 6:00pm 11/25/10 6:00pm

Technological Inevitability: Are Some Inventions Meant to Be?

Sure, Skype and Facetime are changing how we communicate but is this new technology really all that revolutionary? This week's excerpt looks at a "futuristic" idea that has been around much longer than you'd think. » 11/03/10 3:20pm 11/03/10 3:20pm