Planes Trains & Automobiles
This week, Annie Clark, better known to the world as St. Vincent, celebrates the release of her fourth album, simply titled St. Vincent. Read More
JFK will now have two missing terminals.
As The Observer and others have been lamenting for some time now, the day has passed for Jet Age JFK. Terminal 3 is being demolished to make way for more airplane parking to accommodate Delta’s expansion of Terminal 4. And now we learn that the same fate has befallen the Sundrome, which was unceremoniously destroyed last year, with no immediate plans for replacement. This leaves only the still-shuttered Terminal 5 as the last remnant of midcentury JFK.
And yet while a piece of architectural history may be gone, it could mean smoother flying for those in and out of JFK, which is really what the airport is all about.
At least 1,000 visitors flocked to the old TWA Terimnal at JFK airport on Sunday, perhaps the marquee event of the weekend’s Open House New York festivities. It left attendees begging for a full reopening, as one correspondent relates, but it sounds like that may indeed be on the horizon.
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
A lineup has been announced for the 2008 Plug Independent Music Awards, scheduled for March 6 at Terminal 5—and what a lineup it is! Comedian Patton Oswalt is hosting the show, which will feature performances by nominees Dizzee Rascal, Jose Gonzales, and St. Vincent. But the highlight of the evening will undoubtedly Read More
The dance duo Justice played an elating, sweaty show Saturday night at the new midtown club Terminal 5.
Behind a massive DJ booth on stage, the two producers who make up Justice, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, looked every bit the Frenchmen they are clad in leather jackets and puffing away on cigarettes, Read More