The move of Delta Airlines from the aging, near decrepit Terminals 2/3 into Terminal 4 at JFK Airport came with the addition of 9 new gates and some key new tenants, including Shake Shack. The new area was heralded by balloons today on opening day (attended by Mayor Bloomberg), but most interesting to note, in our opinion, was that the line for Shake Shack at 5:30pm was almost as long as the security line (unless you had TSA Pre-Check, in which there was no line for security). The architecture of the terminal mirrors the rest of the existing Terminal 4–generic but nice.
Line for the new Shake Shack at Terminal 4
The new Sky Club, Delta’s largest to date, was open today as well, featuring a roof deck. Also in the new Terminal 4, the upscale, Uptown Brasserie:
Cake Tin with the claim, “Life is sweeter with a cupcake”:
La Brea Bakery:
New Shake Shack at Delta Terminal 4
Opening of Delta Terminal 4:
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Source: Architectural Digest
Delta Air Lines beats their SkyLounge by opening an outdoor sky deck where travelers can watch planes lift off the ground and step outside JFK airport without missing a flight. The terrace is on the roof of Terminal 4′s Concourse B, where Delta hopes people will find the space’s red, silver and black color combination to be a warm and casual feel. Our friends at The Culture-ist talked to designer Thom Filicia about the project, which is Delta’s largest Sky Club to date. (more…)
Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley map in 1924, from Valley Blahg
For fans of the Brooklyn blog, F’d in Park Slope, the founder, Erica Reitman, has transplanted herself across the country to Los Angeles and launched Valley Blahg, dedicated to showcasing unique real estate in the “Valley” through an architecture and design lens. We’re of course also fans of Erica’s dual NYC-LA mindset in general, since Untapped Cities has just arrived to LA too.
Some favorite posts so far from Valley Blahg:
VALLEY HISTORY: What Things Looked Like In 1924
Hollywood Legends Hanging Out In Their San Fernando Valley Homes
ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY: Joseph Eichler & The Balboa Highlands Tract in Granada Hills
Front entrance to the Hotel Pennsylvania.
Last month, the Hotel Pennsylvania Preservation Society finally breathed a deep sigh of relief. The historic Hotel Penn, across the street from Penn Station, has been denied landmark status several times in recent years and its owner, Vornado Realty Trust, planned to demolish it in order to build a new office complex in its place. After a five-year battle, however, Vornado gave up its plan to tear down the hotel and has launched an effort to restore the hotel to its former glory instead. (more…)
Today’s Daily What?! is this watertower “hangout” we found on 8th Avenue between 45th and 46th Streets. Normally, watertowers fly solo or in pairs, depending on the size of the buildings they serve. Sometimes watertowers come in unique forms, like the speakeasy watertower or the glass watertower by Tom Fruin.
But these watertowers in the Times Square Theater District are the social type, clustering in a group of seven. They also seem fond of unique architecture, situated in between The Paramount Hotel (which has a storied history), the Golden Theater and the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. We also like to think they look down scornfully at the parking lot next door. Looking at historical images, there’s has been a parking lot there at least as far back as 2001, a building that partially filled the lot was demolished around 2009.
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This is a conceptual sketch of NYC’s proposed Gaudi Hotel, drawn by Juan Matemala.
As one of the largest and most varied metropolises of the modern world, New York City is home to some stunning and interesting architecture. But it wasn’t always that way. Were it not for the dreams of enterprising architects, many of the buildings that have become beloved to NYC would never have graced the city’s skyline. And, unfortunately, many never did. In this column, we’ll showcase a different would-be NYC architectural dream, and tell you about the history behind the New York that never was. (more…)