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Photo: Nicolas Lemery Nantel for OHNY

 

Each year since first participating in 2011, the iconic TWA Flight Center at JFK has been one of the most visited sites during OHNY Weekend, typically drawing up to four thousand people. Hosted by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the building and is managing its stunning restoration, the annual opening of TWA for the Weekend is one of the only times each year that you can experience this Modernist masterpiece, which is more thrilling in person that any photograph you have ever seen.

This year, the TWA Flight Center will again welcome OHNY visitors when it is open on Saturday, October 11, from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM. As an Open Access site, visiting the TWA Flight Center requires no reservations and is free of charge. You can drop in at any time from 11 to 3:30 on Saturday! Keep in mind that the PANYNJ is actively seeking a developer to find a new life for the landmarked building, so this could be the last chance to see the Flight Center in its current state.

To get to the TWA Flight Center by public transportation, take a bus or train to Jamaica Center and hop on the AirTrain to the JetBlue Terminal (Terminal 5). Once inside, take the escalator or elevator down to the ground level and go to Carousel 6 in the baggage claim area, where you will see the glass doors that are the entrance to the TWA Terminal. When you find yourself walking down the spectacular, tunnel-like entrance passage in the photo above, you’ll know you’re in the right place!

Planning to visit TWA this year? Head out a bit earlier in the day for a special walking tour of Jamaica Center, organized by the Jamaica Center BID. If you’ve ever wondered about the neighborhood surrounding the transit hub where the subway and the AirTrain connect–first settled by the Dutch in 1656 and now the thriving commercial hub of southeastern Queens–this OHNY Weekend tour is your chance to learn more. Space is limited and reservations are required, but there are still a few spots left—click here to sign up today!