26. TWA Hotel’s Airplane Cocktail Lounge at JFK
The most anticipated event of last month was undoubtedly the opening of the TWA Hotel on May 15th at John F. Kennedy Airport. While there is much to take in, design and architecture-wise, it’s “Connie” that straddles the line between art installation and entertainment venue. Having traveled from Maine, to JFK Airport to Times Square and back to JFK, Connie is a 1958 Lockheed Constellation, re-outfitted as a retro cocktail lounge.
“Connie,” just over 116 feet long and 23 feet high, will be located in the same place it was parked more than 50 years ago, in 1962 (back when JFK was still called Idlewild Airport). Starting mid-May, guests can enjoy drinks and snacks inside the fuselage, as well as play with the authentic controls inside the plane’s cockpit.