JFK Airport

Architecture, Queens, Transportation

Eero Saarinen, JFK Airport, MCR development, Mid-century Modern, Neo-Futurist, TWA Terminal

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No longer will the fate of Eero Saarinen’s architectural masterpiece sit in limbo, Crain’s reports that the iconic structure will indeed be made into a hotel, developed through a partnership between MCR Development and JetBlue. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey chose the pair amongst a “field of several competitors” bidding for the job, and the decision will be formally announced at the agency’s board meeting next week. As we previously reported, the new destination will be known as the TWA Flight Center Hotel.

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Real Estate Wire

111 West 57th Street, SHoP Architects, skinniest tower in the world, NYC supertalls, tallest buildings, 432 Park Avenue
  • JFK Airport will receive $8.9 million in federal funds for runway and airfield upgrades. [Crain’s]
  • Fortis Property Group is making progress with its controversial plan to bring four apartment towers to the former site of the Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill. [Curbed]
  • With Manhattan skyscrapers getting taller and thinner, developers are installing giant counter weights at the towers’ apex to keep them from blowing in the wind. [NYT]
  • To appease local UES residents, the city agreed to build a second ramp for the Marine Transfer Station; it’ll cost an additional $30 million. [DNAinfo]
  • 3 World Trade Center has reached half of its 80-story height. [Curbed]
  • FAO Schwarz‘s deal to move into a new home at 1633 Broadway has fallen through. [CO]

Images: Supertall, super-skinny tower 111 West 57th Street (L); FAO Schwarz (R)

Architecture, Queens, Transportation

JFK TWA Terminal, Eero Saarinen, NYC landmarks, neofuturistic architecture

For the last 14 years, JFK’s most beloved structure has mostly languished vacant, reopened intermittently for public tours or to serve as the backdrop of some Jet Age fashion shoot. While there has been plenty of talk surrounding the TWA Flight Center’s transformation into a hotel, details have remained sparse until now. As Curbed has it, the city has finally revealed that MCR Development will be taking the reigns alongside JetBlue and the NYNJ Port Authority, bringing the iconic terminal back to life as a 505-room LEED-certified hotel with restaurants, 40,000 square feet of meeting space and a 10,000-square-foot observation deck. The project will aptly be called “The TWA Flight Center Hotel.”

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Transportation

LaGuardia Airport

Photo via Continental Airlines Boeing 737-500; [email protected];05.02.2008/498af via photopin (license)

If you’ve ever endured the long ride to any of the area’s airports, all the while lugging your suitcase and anxiously wondering if you’d miss your flight, then this statistic probably comes as no surprise. According to a study by the Global Gateway Alliance, “John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports rank last and third-to-last, respectively, in mass-transit accessibility compared with 30 of the world’s busiest airports,” reports Crain’s. The analysis looked at total travel time for public transit users, mode of transportation and number of transfers and cost, scoring them from 0 to 100. And if Anthony Weiner is correct, the new LaGuardia AirTrain will only increase travel times–not good news those for us who prefer not to sit in insane taxi traffic or fork over $99 for a private helicopter ride.

More on the study here

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Architecture, Features, History

Photo courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle

The TWA Flight Center at what is today John F. Kennedy International airport represents both the ephemeral and the ageless; our vulnerability at the end of the “American century” and the enduring beauty of inspired modern design.

The work of mid-20th century Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen, the historic terminal is among the city’s most beloved architectural treasures. It first opened in 1962, a year after the architect’s death, and Saarinen posthumously received the AIA Gold Medal award for the design in 1962.

Despite its storied past and widespread reverence, since the demise of TWA and its subsequent purchase by American Airlines in 2001, the terminal’s iconic “head house” has remained eerily vacant, and its future continues to be a point of contention.

More on the terminal’s past and uncertain future

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