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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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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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These days airlines and airports are doing everything they can to bring the outside inside when it comes to things offered up in the terminals and concourses. JetBlue is often leading the way with stuff like this as they’re the ones who have been running their own concert series at their home at New York’s JFK, and now they’re starting something else pretty darn neat.
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Like any airport project, the Airspace Lounge at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at New York-JFK had a little bit of a delay. Originally schedule to debut in May, the lounge finally did open this month and though it's still in soft-opening phase, passengers are at last welcome to enjoy a more comfortable, more private, amenity-rich place to chill before flying out.
The Airspace Lounge is open to all passengers flying from Terminal 5 (that's JetBlue, Hawaiian Airlines & Aer Lingus), for a price. Entry starts from $25 and includes "complimentary espresso, cappuccino, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, soft drinks, small snacks and fruit, printing and scanning, use of house computers, Wi-Fi, use of private restrooms and shower facilities, plus a $10 credit to purchase items from Airspace’s premium menu including alcoholic beverages."
The photos aren't the best as they're from opening day, and we haven't been to check it out ourselves quite yet, but figured you'd like to know all the details right away to prep for what remains of summer travels.
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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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Hot breakfast sandwiches. Free WiFi. A power outlet for each comfy chair. A slick bar stocking all the good stuff for complimentary cocktails. Cheese plates. Private restrooms with showers. Macbooks.
Hello, this is airport heaven.
Though it kinda sounds like we've been describing an ultra-premium airline lounge for elite flyers at some exotic international airport, all this is in fact coming to a new lounge within Terminal 5 at New York-JFK, aka the home of JetBlue. It's to be called Airspace, and travelers will find it come May 2013 after security, near Gate 24.
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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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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 fearedthat of a beautiful ruin.
While redevelopment rumors come and go, there's no doubt that the TWA Terminal is an ideal place for movie shootsCatch Me If You Can famously filmed hereas well as fashion spreads.
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It might not be as polished and clean as some of those overly planned "flashmobs" at the airport, but when it comes to holiday greetings—JetBlue knows what they doing.
The airline's most festive crew penned a little set of lyrics to the tune of Jingle Bells, and they made it all about what to do at the airport to keep your holiday stress-free. Initially it was just words on paper, but after a request over on Twitter it was time for JetBlue employees to put on their Santa hats and sing for the masses.
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Much has been made lately of the newest tech-y addition to airport arrivals halls, those hologram helpers, but up until this weekend we hadn't seen one for ourselves. The entire machine, a sizeable thing, can be found at the transportation help centers, where you may go to ask a question about taxi fares or how to get a bus versus a taxi.
Hologram girl's purpose is to answer the most basic of questions so you no longer have to wait to speak with a human. Except she's not exactly a hologram. A hologram projects an image into open space, a la Princess Leia's "help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" message beamed out of R2-D2 in Star Wars. Instead, airport hologram girl is a projection onto a person-shaped piece of plexi, which stands a respectable distance out into the baggage claim area as if she is indeed able to help and answer questions.
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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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Two vintage uniforms with the current one (at right)
"Today we united the two best cities in the countryNew York and Honolulu. We'll have you on the beach, Mai Tai in hand, on the same day."
These words come from Mr. Mark Dunkerley, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines and the smilingest person last night at the party to celebrate the start of the airline's first flight between JFK and HNL. Of course he'd say this, since it's not only his airline, but his party and his Airbus A330-220 widebody that'll be zipping tropics-minded passengers on the long 10-hour flight.
Still, the start of this route marks a historic occasion for the airline and JFK airport, since Hawaiian has been around since 1929 and never before pulled their purple tail in a gate in the Big Apple. Now you'll be able to find the purple tail sticking out from the field of blue at JetBlue's T5 at JFK.