Standard Hotel headed for JFK's TWA Flight Center
The André Balazs–spearheaded project plans to bring a hotel, conference center, flight museum and more to the landmarked space.
Mon Sep 9 2013
Photograph: Wikimedia Commons/ Evan P. Cordes
Flying in and out of John F. Kennedy Airport is about to get a whole lot swankier. Page Six reported today that Standard Hotel empresario André Balazs won a bid to develop JFK's landmarked TWA Flight Center, and the Port Authority says they're working with his company to create a "one-of-a-kind hotel and conference center in the heart of JFK’s central terminal area." But will there be a Boom Boom Room?
The Eero Saarinen–designed building's terminal has played host to carrier JetBlue since 2008, but the PA's been looking for a way to fill up the rest of the space. Now, they say they're exclusively in talks with Balazs Properties, whose proposal involves adding a hotel (The Standard, Flight Center) and conference center, food and beverage spots, retail space, a spa and fitness center, meeting facilities and a flight museum.
There's no estimated time frame for the development at the moment, and Balazs hasn't confirmed PA approval for his final proposal yet. But judging from the reputation he's built with the rest of his Standard Hotel brand, it's likely that this newest incarnation will be a luxurious addition to the JFK landscape.