Runway Rink lands at landmark TWA Hotel’s tarmac for daily skating and ice shows

November 15, 2019

Photo courtesy of TWA Hotel.

Yet another cool way to experience the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Hotel at JFK Airport arrives this month: Starting November 30, a custom 56-by-44-foot Runway Rink will be open for ice skating on the hotel’s tarmac surrounding the 1958 Lockheed Constellation Connie airplane-turned-cocktail-lounge. In addition to sharpening your figure-8 skills, you can catch nostalgic ice skating shows and chill with frosty beers, sno-caps and more.

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Image courtesy of TWA Hotel.

The ice rink events are part of the TWA Hotel’s winter wonderland where you’ll also find a dazzling holiday light display and a tree. Ice shows will have an Arctic expedition theme in honor of Connie’s history as an Alaskan bush plane after retiring from TWA. Tyler Morse, CEO and Managing Partner of MCR/MORSE Development (owner-operator of the TWA Hotel) said in a press statement, “We’re creating the Rockefeller Center of Queens.” Not to mention the rare occasion that “people can get excited about a frozen tarmac at JFK.”

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In addition to refreshments, the TWA shop will be selling knit hats and scarves to keep the real ice at bay (and possibly cross a few stocking stuffers off your holiday shopping list). The Runway Rink will operate seven days a week through the end of February. Admission is $15; $10 for kids under 12. Ice skates can be rented for $10 (kids under 12 rent for $8). Skating aids for children are available. Skaters are welcome at the following times:

  • Monday through Thursday from 4 PM to 9 PM
  • Friday from 4 PM to 10 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 10 PM


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