Intended for the 1964 World’s Fair, this 12-story-high hardened steel globe is the point of convergence of Flushing Meadows Park, and the true symbol of Queens. (These days it’s likely generally conspicuous as the background for the Beastie Boys’ Licensed to Ill collection spread or scenes in the movies Men dressed in Black and Iron Man 2). In summer it’s ringed with wellsprings; on different occasions, it’s befuddled by skateboarders.

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