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    Used to love flying out of that terminal. Not so sure I'd line up to spend the night there, though.

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    There's some unused land behind the Saarinen terminal, in front of the road feeding T5. The could build a curved tower follwoing the contour of the road, as high as the FAA would let them go. This would house the guest rooms. The existing building would be the lobbly, restaurants, bar, etc. In that configuration, it could be interesting.

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    Can't help it. Just love it.


    A Closer Look at Saarinen's Terminal, Pre-Balazs Takeover

    by Amy Schellenbaum


    Clockwise from top-left: photos via Trevor.Patt/Flickr, Pro-Zak/Flickr, Seamus Murray/Flickr
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    Not a month after architecture geeks and Jet Age preservationists mourned the demise of JFK Airport's saucer-like PanAm terminal did news emerge that the NYC airport's other midcentury monolith, its alternative insignia of the Jetsons era, will get a new lease on life as a clubby hotel, a quintessentially modern stay-over produced by swank hotel scion André Balazs. Once the TWA Terminal, the building—a slick, sloping space reminiscent of a minimalist paper airplane—was a 1962 project of midcentury stud (and Mad Men favorite) Eero Saarinen, and while American architect Robert A.M. Stern once called it the "Grand Central of the jet age," the space has been basically empty since 2001.

    What exactly does Balazs have in store for the terminal, a building he once called "a masterpiece by my personal architectural hero"? It's to be The Standard, Flight Center—the commas make it trendy, see—and will be subdivided into hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, a museum, and conference facilities. While the timeline for the project remains, for now, enshrouded in a fog of mystery, the city's Port Authority agency has been trying for years to revitalize the space, and are reportedly "look[ing] forward to ... a presentation of a *final vision." Photos of the terminal as it stands now are below, so do have a look.


    Photo via Seamus Murray/Flickr


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    Photo via Seamus Murray/Flickr

    JFK's Most Famous Terminal May Soon Be Transformed Into a Flashy Hotel [The Atlantic Cities]
    Eero Saarinen's JFK Terminal to Become a Hotel [Dezeen]
    Balazs tapped to develop JFK's historic TWA terminal [Page Six]

    http://curbed.com/archives/2013/09/2...as-a-hotel.php

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    This terminal, the Brooklyn Army Terminal, as well as many other off-limits sites around the city, will be open to the public this weekend. Most are free, others require reservations and cost $5. Go to OHNY.org for more info. Video with article.

    http://www.myfoxny.com/story/2367297...resting-places

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    He would put a huge wig on top of it with an elaborate combover
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    Will Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal Become A Trump Hotel?

    by Jessica Dailey



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    Bids to redevelop the iconic Eero Saarinen-design TWA terminal at JFK Airport are due to the Port Authority on October 14, and Conde Nast Traveler reports that the Donald is among the interested parties. Sources told the magazine the Trump was spotted checking out the jet age landmark, but no one from his camp would comment.

    Sources also said that Yotel, Related Companies, and Marriott will bid on the site, where a deal with famed hotelier Andres Balazs fell through earlier this year. Since the building has landmarked protections, any redevelopment must preserve original Saarinen features, like the curved staircases, indoor fountain and "built-in leather banquettes." Additionally, the original windowless concrete tubes may still be used to connect the check-in area with the terminal. But the public doesn't need to wait until a hotel opens to see inside the space; for the fourth year in a row, the terminal will be open for tours during Open House New York.

    Trump Eyes TWA Terminal at JFK for Possible Airport Hotel [CNT]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/0...omment-1683903

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    Terminal at J.F.K. Could Soon Offer Travelers a Bit of the High Line

    By PATRICK McGEEHAN


    The ribbon cutting for an addition to the terminal, which will open to travelers on Nov. 12.
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    Travelers passing through Kennedy International Airport may soon be able to get a taste of the High Line without leaving JetBlue’s expanded terminal.

    On a smaller scale, JetBlue hopes to replicate the experience of the High Line, the popular elevated park in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, atop the extension it just added for international arrivals.

    The extension, a $200 million addition to Terminal 5, is scheduled to open to travelers on Wednesday, ending the airline’s awkward arrangement that had international passengers leaving from its terminal but arriving at gates it had leased in Terminal 4, which already had a customs area.

    JetBlue’s president, Robin Hayes, said that the airline would no longer have to tow empty planes back from Terminal 4. Now, JetBlue’s terminal has a glass-walled arrivals hall complete with 40 automated passport readers, a disease-control area, a lab for inspecting plants and fruit, and holding cells for suspected smugglers. And by next year, the terminal’s designer, Gensler, hopes to turn the roof of the arrivals hall into an open-air park with a dog walk, a play area for children and a few patches of grass.


    A rendering of JetBlue’s planned park atop Terminal 5 at Kennedy International Airport.
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    On a clear day, you could stand out there, gaze to the west and see the spire of 1 World Trade Center, said Ty Osbaugh, the architect who oversaw the project for Gensler.

    “We said, ‘We’ve got this roof; what can we do with this roof?’ ” Mr. Osbaugh said, standing on it as a light rain fell on Thursday.

    They decided to turn it into an inviting bit of New York City for people seeking some fresh air while they wait to board planes. Mr. Osbaugh said that it would be the only outdoor space accessible to all passengers in any of the terminals at Kennedy.

    The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates Kennedy, requires that terminals offer travelers a place to walk their dogs, he said. But those spaces are usually outside the secure zone, meaning that taking Spot for a jaunt involves a trip back through the screening queue. Given the rooftop space they had to work with, the designers decided to take a cue from the High Line and provide a venue for human recreation as well, he said.

    Mr. Osbaugh said the rooftop, which is expected to be completed next year, would look “a lot like the High Line, but not quite that industrial.” He said some vendors in the terminal had inquired about the possibility of serving food and drinks there.

    The inclusion of a minipark fits with Mr. Osbaugh’s campaign to make the terminal less of a place to be slogged through and more of a pleasant conduit. He designed the ramps that carry passengers from arriving planes to the customs area to include glass walls that allow natural light to flood in.

    In theory, he said, a traveler with nothing to declare to customs agents could get from a plane through baggage claim and out of the terminal in just 28 minutes. The electronic kiosks can scan passports and clear travelers in 45 seconds or less, he said. He added that JetBlue revamped its process for unloading luggage to make sure international passengers would not wind up waiting at carousels after passing through the checkpoints staffed by United States Customs and Border Protection.

    Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority, said the project to expand Terminal 5 was estimated to have created 1,090 jobs, including construction jobs, and generated $74 million in wages and $325 million in total economic activity. He thanked JetBlue for helping to improve conditions and add capacity at Kennedy. Mr. Hayes, who will become JetBlue’s chief executive next year, said that he had traveled extensively and believed that “we have built something here that is one of the best terminals in the world.”

    That sort of talk is a far cry from the words usually used in discussions about New York City’s airports. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., while deploring the poor state of the country’s transportation infrastructure, famously likened arriving at La Guardia Airport to landing in a “third-world country.”

    Mr. Hayes was quick to note that Mr. Biden had much nicer words for JetBlue’s home base. And he agreed with the sentiment Mr. Biden expressed when he visited the city last month and said, “It doesn’t matter how nice J.F.K.’s JetBlue terminal is if you can’t get in and out of the terminal quickly.”

    Mr. Biden had joined Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to announce a competition for ideas to improve the city’s airports. Mr. Hayes said “the challenge of J.F.K. is the surface conditions,” and he added that the hope was that someone would dream up a feasible way “to go from central Manhattan to J.F.K. in 30 minutes.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/07/ny...l?ref=nyregion

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    JetBlue May Turn Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal Into a Hotel

    April 15, 2015, by Jessica Dailey

    The future of Eero Saarinen's iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport definitely holds a hotel, but what that hotel might look like or who might lead redevelopment has yet to be decided. The Port Authority has been searching for a developer, and the Journal reports that they may have found the right team in a surprisingly place: JetBlue Airways. The airline reportedly wants to get into the hotel business by partnering with New York-based hotel developer MCR Development to turn the landmarked terminal into a 500-room hotel.


    Photo by Evan Bindelglass

    The deal isn't final—the parties are in "advanced negotiations"—so things could still fall apart, which is what happened before. The Port Authority previously chose hotelier Andre Balazs as the developer, but Balazs backed out after realizing how long the project would take. He told the Journal his company had "more interesting opportunities." Last fall, the Port Authority re-opened the bidding process, and attracted big names like Donald Trump and Related Companies, but the JetBlue and MCR partnership "has emerged as the preferred bidder." JetBlue's terminal is located across from the TWA building.

    The terminal opened in 1962, but it has been closed since 2001, being used only for events and tours. The building is an exterior and interior landmark, so all changes will have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. It's been previously reported that any hotel development would turn the historic building into the hotel's lounge and restaurant, while two new towers would be built alongside it for guest rooms.

    JetBlue Wants to Turn Former TWA Terminal Into Hotel [WSJ]

    http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/0...to_a_hotel.php

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