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First look at the TWA Hotel’s rooftop infinity pool with runway views

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The 10,000-square-foot pool observation deck will overlook the Jamaica Bay and bustling JFK runways

Courtesy of MCR and MORSE Development

The much-anticipated TWA Hotel at JFK Airport will open on May 15—and so will its rooftop infinity pool and observation deck.

The pool will have a 10,000-square-foot observation deck with views to the Jamaica Bay and one of JFK’s biggest runways—including the Bay Runway—which once served as the backup landing strip for NASA’s Space Shuttle, according to the developers.

The 512-room hotel, which revived Eero Saarinen’s midcentury landmark, began taking reservations on February 14, with rooms starting at $249/night. Not planning a stay at the hotel anytime soon? Starting May 15, non-guests can make reservations to use the pool and hang out at the bar.

“Our rooftop pool provides a JFK runway view that rivals an air traffic controller’s vantage point,” Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and MORSE Development, said in a statement. “There’s simply no better place for plane-spotting and enjoying a cocktail, in the world.”

Additional pool features include underwater seating and the possibility to become a “pool-cuzzi” in the winter, with temperatures up to 100 degrees. The pool bar will serve food and will be operated by Gerber Group, the company that manages The Campbell at Grand Central.

The TWA Flight Center closed in 2001 and has largely been hidden from public view ever since. MCR Development was awarded the contract in 2015 to bring the stunning building back to life.