Thanks to Open House New York, Hubby and I got to view the inside of the absolutely remarkable TWA Terminal at JFK Airport, designed by Eero Saarinen. It opened in 1962, but has not been in use for a while. When American Airlines bought out Trans World Airlines (aka TWA) in 2001, the terminal was closed.
We’ve admired the building from the outside for ages.
But the closest we’ve ever come to seeing the interior is from watching the Steven Spielberg movie “Catch Me If You Can”, which used the terminal as a location in the film.
Open House New York is an annual weekend-long event that opens the doors of many New York City institutions to the public – places that are not normally open to the public. Or, in many public buildings, OHNY offers behind-the-scenes glimpses that the public seldom gets to glimpse.
So, you want to see one of Eero Saarinen’s masterpieces? Okay – here it is (as always, to view a picture larger, click on it, then use your “back” arrow to come back to this home page):
OHNY is finished for 2011, but be sure to check it out next year. I filled my weekend with so many activities, I’m still recuperating 😉
All the events I participated in were really great.
But, this one left me tongue-tied and speechless.
P.S. A couple of travel tips – a great way to get to JFK Airport from the city is by taking the A, E, J or Z subway to the Airtrain JFK, which then takes you directly to all of the terminals at the airport. Just be prepared for additional swipes of your Metrocard (both in and out of the Airtrain area was a $5 swipe each). Also, if you take the A train, be sure to catch a train that reads “Rockaway” as its destination – as there are 2 different A lines. The “Ozone Park” A train does not have a stop at the Airtrain.