Up Up and Far Away
If a boutique hotel in the South Bronx wasn’t enough to raise eyebrows, an offshoot of the slick Standard hotel empire at John F. Kennedy International Airport should do the trick.
The New York Post reported yesterday that the Port Authority selected Andre Balazs‘ hotel group to develop JFK’s TWA terminal, the modern architectural triumph masterminded in the late 1950s by Eero Saarinen.
A great deal of attention has been paid lately to vintage JFK. Thanks to that lovely show Pan Am, we got a glimpse of what Terminal 3 looked like in its glory days, rather than the leaking mess it had become in recent years. It was recently torn down so Delta, which is expanding Terminal 4, could have more space to park planes—no, not a new terminal, just a bare strip of tarmac, a glorified plane parking lot. (Maybe with the airport so congested, that’s for the best. Another terminal would mean more planes everyday, wouldn’t it?)
Then there is the still stately Terminal 6, JetBlue’s home before it took over the new Terminal 5 encircling Eero Saarinen’s revered TWA Terminal. Terminal 6 is also coming down, a soaring glass pane and concrete strut at a time. There has been much handwringing over this of late, thanks in no small part to the appearance of Christina Ricci in a blue stewardess’ garb, but as is often the case with old buildings, it is too little, too late. And we don’t even yet know what is replacing the thing.
That leaves us with the TWA Terminal and the TWA Terminal alone.
When the Port Authority announced earlier this month that it was looking for a developer to build a hotel behind Eero Saarinen’s iconic Terminal 5, The Observer was skeptical, to say the least. Efforts to revive the building after TWA went bankrupt and moved out a decade ago have floundered, and it seemed unlikely Read More
Earlier today, it was revealed that the Port Authority wants to transform the disused, Eero Saarinen-designed Terminal 5 at JFK into the city’s latest boutique hotel. While the plan could have a hard time taking off, if it succeeds, it is bound to become the coolest hotel in the world. For proof, look no Read More
One of the best buildings in New York has lain dormant for a decade, with no one really wanting anything to do with it. That would be the old TWA terminal designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen. The gull-in-flight concrete structure is an international icon, but it lost its purpose when the airline went bankrupt Read More
Some of the city’s most influential preservationists are vowing to block plans to build a huge new terminal for Jet Blue Airways at John F. Kennedy International Airport, arguing that it will destroy a gloriouspieceofaviation architecture: Eero Saarinen’s T.W.A. terminal.
But the efforts of these preservationists have infuriated some of the city’s business leaders, who Read More