A few years ago, we were given the chance to roam and photograph the TWA Flight Center with nobody in it (except our guide from the Port Authority and a security guard), in a push from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to convert the former terminal into a hotel. We’ve been excited to be part of that conversation, and the plans for the 505-room hotel by MCR Developments (the team behind the High Line Hotel) are now in public review stage. Great Big Story (h/t Curbed NY) also recently visited the TWA Flight Center to get a video of the interior.
The Untapped Cities team is headed on a trip soon, which has us thinking about the secrets of the New York City’s essential infrastructure. If you’re flying internationally especially, but also domestically, you’ve definitely experienced the ups and downs of John F. Kennedy Airport. The next time you’re stuck on the line for security or trying to get out of customs, read up on these 10 fun facts. It just might make your trip a little more tolerable.
Back in 2012, the Port Authority gave us solo access to photograph the TWA Flight Center in hopes that coverage could galvanize support for the repurposing of the landmarked terminal at JFK Airport. Now that plans are underway to convert it into a hotel, the Port Authority has partnered with researchers from the University of Central Florida to digitally scan the interior and exterior of the structure in 3D. The scan will begin on Monday and take five days to complete.
Yesterday, we showcased the interior landmarks of Manhattan and Brooklyn via a new tool by the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), launched in conjunction with the school’s exhibit “Rescued, Restored, Reimagined: New York’s Interior Landmarks.” Today, we’re moving on to Queens, The Bronx and Staten Island. While the majority of the 117 interior landmarks are in Manhattan, 8 are in the Bronx, 4 in Queens and 3 in Staten Island–and they’re no less impressive.
This year’s Open House New York is coming up the weekend of October 11th and 12th–and we’re not the only ones getting excited for this year’s events at some of our favorite New York City locations. Every year, the country’s largest architecture and design event puts on an impressive number of great events to educate the public about architecture and design culture in NYC. Our favorite OHNY events are the tours of locations that are usually closed to the public and although not all have been announced quite yet, we’ve highlighted 16 locations so far that you should check out:
We know that some of our favorite locations are being reopened for OHNY tours this year. These include:
Catch Me If You Can, based on the true story of Frank Abegnale, Jr., follows the young con artist from New Rochelle to New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New Orleans and all the way to France. After running away from home, seventeen-year-old Frank poses as a pilot and flies around the country with Pan-Am before deciding to become a doctor, then a lawyer before being caught. He becomes a master check forger starting with the technique of taking the little Pan-Am stickers on toy airplanes and repasting them onto checks.
While the story is captivating and the cinematography is excellent, the airport scenes bring up some questions that aren’t addressed in the film. In the scene pictured above, when Frank reports for duty as a Pan-Am copilot, we see him walking through Eero Saarinen’s arrestingly beautiful building at what was then called Idlewild Airport. But we know that the Pan-Am terminal was located in the Worldport building, not the TWA Flight Center. It doesn’t make sense for Frank to report for duty at the TWA counter, unless he was catching a ride via TWA, which he did do at Orly Airport in the opening of the book. (more…)