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TWA Terminal’s hotel transformation inches forward with signage

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Eero Saarinen’s gorgeous building will soon become a luxury hotel

Max Touhey

It’s been a little more than a year since plans to transform JFK Airport’s iconic TWA Terminal into a luxury hotel were announced, but in the time since then, there hasn’t been much news coming out of Jamaica. In January, three Queens community boards gave the project their stamp of approval, and the City Planning Commission approved it in March, but it’s otherwise been pretty quiet since then.

But at long last, it looks like there may be something happening at the site. A tipster passed along this tweet, showing that signage for the new hotel (officially dubbed the TWA Hotel) is finally going up around Eero Saarinen’s Space Age terminal building. Developer MCR seems to be keeping its word about preserving the history and look of the iconic building (which was declared a New York City landmark in 1994): the signage even uses the defunct airline’s logo and precise font.

In August, Condé Nast Traveler reported that construction was underway on the new hotel, but there hasn’t been an official groundbreaking for the space yet. When the hotel opens in 2018, it’ll have 505 guest rooms, along with space for conferences, and as many as eight different food spaces.

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