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US$69m facelift for NY museum

As daylight fills its new atrium, Queens Museum feels like an extension of the nearby park itself, says DAVID W DUNLAP

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New life: The museum, which used to be a forbidding presence in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, unveiled a brighter and more open space with its reconstruction. - PHOTO: DAVID W DUNLAP/THE NEW YORK TIMES

[NEW YORK] CHANCES seemed pretty dim nine years ago that the plan to reconstruct and expand the Queens Museum of Art would have a happy architectural ending. But a US$69 million transformation, which the museum unveiled this month, is astonishing. It is no longer a forbidding bookend to the