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Peek inside TWA Hotel’s ’60s-inspired rooftop chalet

Plus, the MTA suddenly pulls 300 new subway cars—and more intel in today’s New York Minute news roundup

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TWA Hotel opens 1960s ski-themed winter longue

As the latest lure for Eero Saarinen’s iconic Jet Age structure, the TWA Hotel has opened “a toasty 1960s ski lodge-themed getaway” atop the midcentury time capsule.

The gussied up lounge features a tented bar that serves seasonal cocktails and eats in a cozy 1960s après ski-themed winter lounge with a vintage fireplace. But you’ll want to leave your poles at home and bring your bathing suit for the heated infinity edge pool with 95 degree waters to melt those winter blues away. Or maybe you’ll opt for a spin on the hotel’s ice skating rink for a $15 admission fee; $10 for kids under 12. Ice skates can be rented for $10 (kids under 12 rent for $8).

The Runway Chalet at The Pool Bar is now open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. There is no charge for non-hotel guests, and there are no food and beverage minimums during the winter season.

And in other news...

  • The MTA abruptly pulled 300 new subway cars Wednesday over concerns that the doors could open while trains were moving.
  • In 2019, the Hell’s Angels moved out of their longtime East Village clubhouse to much fanfare. The biker gang has since rolled into the sleepy Throggs Neck section of the Bronx, and in their short residency there, a shooting has occurred at the new clubhouse—inflaming neighborhood nerves.
  • Navigating the city’s subway system can be difficult for an able-bodied person, but for those who are visually impaired or deaf, the MTA is lagging on key accessibility features to help them traverse the system. While the issue is on the agency’s radar, much work must be done. For now, every subway trip for the blind, deaf, or cognitively disabled is an arduous journey.
  • Beloved Upper West Side book store Book Culture suddenly shuttered.
  • Landlords in the path of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans to expand Penn Station are, unsurprisingly, miffed.
  • As part of the de Blasio administration’s new fair housing plan, the city will launch a Fair Housing Litigation Unit to conduct cloak and dagger investigations and bring cases against landlords and brokers who discriminate based on race, disability, or income.
  • The papers of Robert Caro, famed for his mammoth biographies on larger-than-life figures, among them Robert Moses, have been acquired by the New York Historical Society where they’ll be the centerpiece of a permanent installation. The archive will be among the largest of a single individual in the society’s collection.