Historic JFK terminal gets new life as hotel
The famous winged TWA terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport came out of its decades-long retirement Wednesday with a new life as a luxury hotel.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on hand for a ribboncutting ceremony opening the $268 million project.
He said he remembers seeing the terminal as a boy in Queens “and saying, ‘Wow! Wow! It was ahead of its time and it was New York’s vision and creativity and boldness, and outside of the box thinking that made New York, New York.’ ”
Finnish architect Eero Saarinen didn’t have a hotel in mind when he designed the futuristic structure that opened in 1962.
Those were the heady jet-age days of the first space flights and President John F. Kennedy’s promise of a moon landing.
Developer Tyler Morse hopes the proximity of the hotel to the tarmac will draw travelers who don’t want to fight nightmarish city traffic to catch their flights.
Beyond today’s practical concerns lies a half-century-old dream.
“This TWA Flight Center was built as a cathedral to aviation,” Morse said.