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TWA Flight Center to Become a Hotel

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TWA Hotel Rendering (photo courtesy of MCR Development)

Do you remember TWA? Maybe you or someone you know has flown on this legendary airline. Either way, you’ll have the chance to connect with its legacy through its former terminal at JFK. Known as the TWA Flight Center, this landmark building is becoming a boutique hotel while also being restored to its grand splendor, set to finish construction in 2018.

This past week, I attended a media reception to announce design plans for this project. It was held at the One World Trade Center, which also ties into this news.

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Inside the TWA Flight Center / photo by Max Touhey

The event was held at the newly unveiled TWA lounge at 1WTC, a retro-themed sales office located on the 86th floor of the One World Trade Center.

A symbol of the Jet Age, the TWA Flight Center opened at Idlewild Airport – the original name for JFK Airport – in 1962. It was designed by architect Eero Saarinen, who is also noted for creations including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the CBS (Black Rock) Building in New York City, and Dulles International Airport.

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Reception desk at TWA lounge at 1WTC / photo by Emily Gilbert

At the media reception, Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR Development, unveiled how this grand terminal for the former Trans World Airlines will become a 505-room hotel while also being reinstated to its original splendor.

“We’re bringing her back to life,” said Morse, whose New York-base hotel investment firm is responsible for this redevelopment project.

The year 1962 will also serve as the inspiration for the upcoming TWA Hotel, when all interior features of the original property will be restored to their heyday appearance such as its revered Ambassadors Club.

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The TWA lounge at 1WTC / photo by Jesse David Harris

An onsite museum will hold memorabilia relating to Trans World Airlines along with various objects connected to historic milestones in 1962.

The former terminal’s new structures housing the just over 500 rooms will actually be set back on either side of the terminal. Other additions include a 10,000-square-foot observation deck with runway views, six bars and eight restaurants, and 50,000-square-feet event space center. The hotel will be accessible via JFK’s AirTrain and the Saarinen passenger tubes connecting directly to JetBlue’s Terminal 5.

Closed to the public in 2001, and threatened with the possibility of demolition, the TWA Flight Center was designated as a NYC Landmark in 1994 and added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2005.

As for the TWA lounge at 1WTC, this sales center will have distance views of the 12-mile away JFK Airport, and look like as a timepiece with Saarinen’s noted white concrete and red chili pepper carpeting plus a front desk modeled after a TWA ticket counter. The location will be open to the general public by appointment only.

Hotel Week NYC Offers Room Rates Starting at $100

It can be cold outside in January. Here’s another good reason for staying indoors that month — and saving a great deal of money. Book a room at a stylish New York City hotel, starting at a rate of $100.

From January 3 through 12, the third annual Hotel Week NYC will offer specialty savings for stays at nearly 30 different Manhattan properties. This selection ranges from budget accommodations to posh lodging, with the latter charging normally up to $500 a night.

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Source: nyma, the new york manhattan hotel


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Source: Cosmopolitan Hotel–TriBeCa

Rates of $100, $200 and $300 will be offered. Along with Midtown, locations will include SoHo, Chelsea, Flatiron, Murray Hill, Fashion District, Greenwich Village, and Tribeca.

Although January is a quiet time for visiting the Big Apple — particularly in the wake of the heavily visited holiday season — Hotel Week NYC provides an affordable option for staying in the city’s different neighborhoods. And why not start off the New Year right by do some exploring.

Plus, guests who choose to book a room during the earlier part of Hotel Week NYC can still catch some festive remnants of 2013. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree will remain up and lit for viewing until January 7. Ice skating still will be ongoing at the Rink at Rockefeller Center as well as at Bryant Park and Central Park.

hotelweekIf the temperatures get to be too much, step inside a museum like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Museum of Natural History or inside a restaurant or café for a warm and filling meal. Even plan ahead for some time for theatrics by buying advanced tickets to a Broadway show.

Whether you’re a visitor looking to take advantage of vacation days carried over from 2013 or a resident seeking a staycation, Hotel Week NYC has a place for everyone and every interest.

2014 participants include these properties shown below. For a full list, visit this link.

Ace Hotel, Flatiron, Chelsea
Rate: $200 – Book Online or call 1 (212) 679-2222 and mention “Hotel Week”

Affinia Manhattan, Midtown
Rate: $100 – Go to  www.affinia.com and enter code HTWEEK or call 1 (866) 246-2203 and mention “Hotel Week”

Hotel Americano, Chelsea
Rate: $200 – Go to hotel-americano.com and enter code Hotel Week

nyma, the new york manhattan hotel, Herald Square
Rate: $100 – Call 1 (800) 567-7720 or 1 (212) 790-2710 and mention “Hotel Week”

Ramada New York/Eastside, Murray Hill
Rate: $100 – Call 1 (800) 567-7720 or 1 (212) 790-2710 and mention “Hotel Week”

The Hotel @ Times Square, Times Square
Rate: $100 – Call 1 (800) 567-7720 or 1 (212) 790-2710 and mention “Hotel Week”

Hotel Chandler, Flatiron
Rate: $200 – Go to www.hotelchandler.com or call 1 (866) 627 7847 or 1 (212) 889 6363 and mention “Hotel Week”

Cosmopolitan Hotel – TriBeCa, Tribeca
Rate: $100 – Go to cosmohotel.com and enter code HOTELWEEK or call 1 (212) 566-1900

The Jade Hotel Greenwich Village, Greenwich Village
Rate: $100 – Book Online or call 1 (212) 375-1300 and mention “Hotel Week”

The James New York, SoHo
Rate: $300 – Go to jameshotels.com/hotelweek  or call 1 (888) 526-3778 and mention “Hotel Week”

Pod 39, Midtown East, Murray Hill and Times Square
Rate: $100 – Call 1 (212) 865-5700 and mention “Hotel Week”