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The TWA Flight Center in New York Will Again Open to the Public for One Day

September 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Attention architecture, history, design, aviation, and photography buffs! The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Saturday, October 11, from 11am to 3:30pm.

The reason? The 12th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city over weekend of October 11-12.

Although OHNY began in 2002, the TWA Center has only been welcoming the OHNY public since 2011, and each year is typically considered the last chance to see it in this raw, restored state before developers re-purpose it. Recent plans, now shelved, involved turning it into a hotel, to be added to the property portfolio of hotelier Andre Balazs. His loss is our gain, and access will again be free on October 11.

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A (Possibly Final) Look Inside the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport

October 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM | by | Comments (0)

There are no other buildings that show the romance of travel like the TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK Airport. The Saarinen-designed terminal was completed in 1962 and closed in 2001 following TWA’s financial deterioration. Countless starry-eyed travelers were lucky enough to pass through the doors and check-in to their flights under the vaulted ceiling while it was operational.

The rare opportunity to visit inside the structure this last weekend was thanks to the openhousenewyork festival. Plans are in the works to convert the terminal to a hotel and convention center, so this might have been your last chance to see it filled with people as it was meant to be.

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What You Need to Know for Sunday's TWA Flight Center Open House at JFK

October 11, 2013 at 2:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!

The TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for this one day: Sunday, October 13. And it may be the last time to view the building in as close to Saarinen's original plans as possible, since rumors of hotel development are approaching fact.

The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. Last year was only the second instance of the TWA Flight Center welcoming hoards of the curious and, even better, access was (and still will be) free!

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The TWA Flight Center at JFK Has a New Name and, Perhaps, a New Future

September 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

This weekend brought even more news on the fate of JFK Airport's TWA Flight Center or, as we may soon call it, The Standard, Flight Center.

The NY Post' s Page Six reports that hotelier Andre Balazs has more to celebrate than just the 5th anniversary of his Standard Hotel in NYC's Meatpacking District, as his plans to develop the Terminal 5 Flight Center into a 150-room hotel and convention center move forward.

The final proposal hasn't yet been approved by the Port Authority and, as we recently reported, they aren't having the easiest time agreeing that Balazs' design plans are the right ones for the space. Thus, this is the ideal time for Balazs to leak details in a bid to gain more publicity and garner excitement over the possible "Standard, Flight Center," while its neighbor, the old Terminal 3 Pan Am Worldport, is reduced to rubble (sharing a fate with the I.M. Pei-designed Terminal 6 Sundrome, demolished just two years ago).

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The TWA Flight Center at JFK Will Again Open to the Public for One Day

September 5, 2013 at 1:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

October can't come soon enough, as we've just confirmed that the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport will again be open to the public for one day: Sunday, October 13.

The reason? The 11th annual openhousenewyork festival (OHNY), a weekend event that flings open private doors to showcase typically hidden gems of the city. The weekend is October 12-13 and although the full schedule won't be released until early October, it's nice to know if the TWA Terminal is a part of the fun since many people actually travel in for the pleasure of roaming and photographing this icon of modern architecture.

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So Maybe There Won't Be a TWA Hotel at JFK After All

August 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a photo shoot set, an exhibit and, most recently, a villain's lair, but there's one thing the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport won't be and that's a hotel...any time soon.

It's been over two years since any news on the possible future of the iconic architectural landmark, designed for TWA by Eero Saarinen. The will-it-or-won't-it continues, as hotel developer André Balazs goes head-to-head with JFK Airport over his proposed design for a 150-room property.

Page Six reports that "Differing opinions over the design have become a sticking point in the negotiations." This definitely isn't the most positive endorsement of whatever blueprints Balazs has rolled out. We stick by our pronouncement from two years ago, that a hotel is a nice idea, provided the design is respected, but likely won't happen at all.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Alec Baldwin Reimagines Eero Saarinen's TWA Flight Center as a Villain's Lair

July 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know that we have a thing for old airport stuff, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to our love for the landmarked TWA Flight Center over at New York’s JFK Airport. We’ve been inside and taken some awesome pictures—if we do say so ourselves—and now it looks like someone else has also snuck inside.

Alec Baldwin is the latest to show a little affection towards the old home of TWA, as the building makes an appearance in his latest commercial from Capital One bank. We’re not going to tell you whether or not the credit card is a good one, but we will tell you that we like the commercial.

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Throwback Thursday: Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and TWA

June 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Watch a little TCM or just Netflix some older movies and, inevitably, a TWA plane will fly through the screen.

TWA, or Trans World Airlines, flew for the final time in 2001 when it was bought and merged into American Airlines. Before times were tough, however, the carrier—a pioneer of coast-to-coast flying—lived large as "the airline to the stars." Howard Hughes made sure of this, lending his Hollywood influence to his controlling interest in the company while shiny new Lockheed Constellations turned heads on the tarmac.

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Throwback Thursday: An Airline Safety Video from the 1980s

April 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (2)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

Oh, the 1980s. The decade of boxy suits, big hair, and this safety video from a TWA Lockheed L-1011 TriStar jet. Note that it's also still a decade of allowing smoking on planes and airline safety videos so lengthy that the real danger was in zoning out before they'd finished.

No portable electronic devices to turn off, nor were there any in-flight wifi instructions in the seatback pockets, that's for sure. What they did have, however, is quite clear in the 1976 commercial below. Steaks in economy!

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Watch Supermodel Coco Rocha Dance Through Security at TWA's Terminal 5

February 11, 2013 at 3:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

Okay, travelers. Put on your dancing shoes because supermodel Coco Rocha has just introduced a little dance we're going to call the Airside Slide. Earlier today, Coco announced the airing of the video accompanying her work on the Spring/Summer 2013 campaign for french luxury fashion house Longchamp, and it's in this video that she and another model (Liisa Winkler) boogie down under the roof of the old Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Terminal at JFK Airport.

The premise is simple: Coco's running to catch a flight. She passes through security but keeps beeping. The TSA agent steps out to frisk her, at which point the music starts Coco spontaneously dancing, joined in the moves by Liisa.

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Eero Saarinen's Iconic TWA Terminal Reopens for Supermodel Coco Rocha

Where: JFK International Airport [map], New York, NY, United States
January 3, 2013 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

During the construction of the TWA Terminal 5 at New York-JFK Airport, architect Eero Saarinen said:

TWA is beginning to look marvelous. If anything happened and they had to stop work right now and just leave it in this state, I think it would make a beautiful ruin, like the Baths of Caracalla.

Of course the lovely irony of that statement is that, though the building was completed and served its full purpose as a bustling airline terminal for decades, the end of TWA and a need for larger, more technologically advanced terminals has turned the structure into exactly what Saarinen had both hoped an feared—that of a beautiful ruin.

While redevelopment rumors come and go, there's no doubt that the TWA Terminal is an ideal place for movie shoots—Catch Me If You Can famously filmed here—as well as fashion spreads.

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Inside the Iconic TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport (Again)

Where: JFK International Airport [map], New York, NY, United States
October 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Off limits. That's sadly how we know the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport today. No flights fly from it, no passengers check in beneath its departures board, and no cocktails are pushed across the bar of the Lisbon Lounge...any longer.

Unless you're renting out the entire space for a big-budget event or photoshoot (as Banana Republic recently did for their fall/winter 2012 ads), there's no way inside...with the exception of one day when the Flight Center is opened, for free, to the public during the openhousenewyork (OHNY) festival.

This last weekend may have been the 10th anniversary of OHNY, but it's only the second year the TWA Flight Center has participated. The first year obviously went well enough as they extended the hours for 2012, which nicely thinned the crowd to make for ideal photography and a mood that approached conviviality. To put it simply, it just seemed like everyone was truly enjoying being there.

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