Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ambassador Lounge (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

Ambassador Lounge - TWA Flight Center by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

I am not 100% clear on whether the Ambassador Lounge was all that much nicer than the downstairs waiting area when it comes to the TWA Flight Center.  Both had drop dead gorgeous views of the runways and tarmac back in the day.   During this year's Open House New York, the lounge was open to visitors when we first got there but they closed it down at some point -- making for one of the few empty spaces in the building.

The Series
Expedition TWA Flight Center
Exit (Expedition TWA Flight Center)
Kids and Architecture (Expedition TWA Flight Center)
Fashion Shoot (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

Bygone Era (Expedition TWA Flight Center)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Expedition TWA Flight Center

Details Matter, the TWA Flight Center by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

I knocked off a bucket list item yesterday -- visiting the TWA Flight Center that sits opposite the JetBlue terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in Jamaica Queens.  It has been the object of my affections ever since I started standing in the cab line outside of the JetBlue terminal.  I just never seemed to be in NYC during Open House New York, a weekend where spaces that are typically not open to the public are open.  I just hope that Edgar Allen Poe can forgive me for jettisoning the plan to see his cottage up in the Bronx in favor of expedition TWA Flight Center with my friend Kate.

Who knew that two people who aren't innately fond of crowds would spend three hours in a very crowded venue in order to be sure that we saw pretty much every inch of the spaces that were open to the public.  And some inches we saw twice.  

Saarinen said that he sought to design  ‘…a building in which the architecture itself would express the drama and specialness and excitement of travel… a place of movement and transition."  

And that is what he did.

The TWA Flight Center Clock by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

I'll be posting photos from Expedition TWA Flight Center over the next couple of weeks.  And I'm already thinking about the reasons I need to go back the next time there is an open house.  Chief among these being that I did not take a photo of the  defunct  Noguchi Fountain in the upper waiting area.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Mannequin Hands

Golden Mannequin (China through the Looking Glass) by Nancy Lundebjerg on 500px.com

I am still waiting for the day when mannequins are more reflective of real people (That Place between Youth and Scattered Ashes).  In the meantime, this hand is from the just ended China through the Looking Glass Costume Institute exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC (Haute Couture Dreaming, More Fashion) .   This particular dress was from a bygone era of westerners in China.  Hard to fathom the handwork that went into creating it.