If It Happens, Andre Balazs' TWA Hotel Will Be a Standard Hotel
Although our sister site, Jaunted put the kibosh on plans for a hotel at the TWA Flight Center at New York's JFK Airport ever coming to fruition, Page Six is reporting that the André Balazs project now has a name, the Standard Flight Center.
While Balazs is still "looking forward to the approval of his final proposal" by the Port Authority board, Page Six confirms that the agency is only talking with Balazs, quoting director, Pat Foye:
“The Port Authority is committed to preserving the essence of [Saarinen’s] iconic design and to continuing to work with [Balazs Properties] on a plan to transform the historic TWA Flight Center into a one-of-a-kind hotel and conference center in the heart of JFK’s central terminal area."
As well as the usual facilities, we were interested to read that this future hotel will have a flight museum. Could this be the new (Sonic) Boom Boom Room?
Page Six's glowing piece is a marked change in tone from this report a few weeks ago that claimed Balazs had "butted heads with JFK executives over keeping the terminal’s historic Eero Saarinen architecture as opposed to creating a more modern design". But besides the proposed hotel's name, it doesn't actually seem like much has changed since the previous report; and, crucially, no word from the JFK officials the hotelier was said to be butting heads with.
We'd love to be proven wrong, but, for now, we remain quietly skeptical.