This long-abandoned terminal at JFK is about to get a makeover. The TWA Flight Center first opened in 1962, back when JFK was called the Idlewild Airport. The terminal closed in 2001 because it couldn’t support the size of the modern airplane, but now it’s slated to reopen on May 15 as the TWA Hotel.
Located in two new buildings behind the old terminal, the hotel will be the first in-airport hotel in JFK, outfitted with a retro aesthetic that evokes the airport’s past. Each of the 512 rooms will feature furniture and lighting inspired by the midcentury with walnut wet bars, tambour walls, and vintage TWA advertisements. The rooms will also be made accessible by the iconic flight tubes popularized in the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can.