Luxury Hotel For Travelers At JFK


FROM ONE VEHICLE TO ANOTHER BECAUSE OF THE WIND. THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW THE FIRE STARTED. AFTER CEASING OPERATIONS ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, JFK AIRPORT ICONIC TWA TERMINAL WILL SOON HAVE A NEW LIFE AS A LUXURY HOTEL FOR TRAVELERS. CBS 2’S DAVE CARLIN WAS ON HAND FOR TODAY’S GROUNDBREAKING. Reporter: AT KENNEDY AIRPORT, THE GLAMOUR OF THE JET AGE ONCE AGAIN RISES AS THE TRANS WORLD AIRLINES FLIGHT CENTER IS BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE. IT OPENED IN 1962 AS A TERMINAL AND WILL RE-OPEN IN LATE 2018. AS JFK’S ONLY ON SITE HOTEL, WITH MORE THAN 500 ROOMS. CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR OVER 15 YEARS, SO TODAY WE MARK A NEW CHAPTER IN THE LIFE OF THIS INCREDIBLE LANDMARK. Reporter: MODERNIST ARCHITECT [ NON-ENGLISH NAME ] DESIGNED THE BUILDING TO RESEMBLE A BIRD WITH OUT STRETCHED WINGS WITH TUBES TO TAKE PASSENGERS TO GATES, RESTORING THIS TO ITS 1960s GLORY IS COSTING $265 MILLION. A PRIVATE SECTOR PAID FOR IT. THERE WILL BE AN OBSERVATION DECK, BARS, RESTAURANTS, A MUSEUM SHOWCASING MID CENTURY DESIGN, THE STORY OF TWA, AND A HISTORY OF QUEENS AS THE PLACE WHERE THE JET AGE WAS BORN. THIS 1966 GUYSER WILL NEWPORT WILL RE– CHRYSLER NEWPORT WILL STAY PARKED HERE ONCE THE HOTEL OPENS. THAT AND OTHERS WILL TRANSPORT GUESTS TO THE TERMINALS. Reporter: WITH THIS PLACE BACK SO ARE THE PEOPLE INCLUDING SOME IN VINTAGE TWA UNIFORMS. THIS WOMAN JOINED THE AIRLINE IN 1973. THIS IS NOSTALGIC. THIS IS HISTORY. THIS IS CLASS. VERY EMOTIONAL. THAT’S A VERY EMOTIONAL MOMENT FOR ALL OF YOURS. Reporter: SHE ROCKS THE LOOK FROM THE ’60s. IT WAS A DIFFERENT TIME. THEY DIDN’T WANT MARRY WOMEN. IT WOULD BE A COMPLICATION OR CHILDREN, ANOTHER COMPLICATION. Reporter: SHE LEFT TO HAVE HER FAMILY AND SAID GOOD-BYE TO HER TWA ONE. BUT NOW EVEN WITH THE AIRLINE LONG GONE, FRIENDS ARE REUNITED. IN THIS PLACE THAT MIRRORS THE TIME WHEN TRAVEL WAS A TREAT. AT KENNEDY AIRPORT, DAVE CARLIN, CBS2 NEWS.

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