Saturday, September 24, 2011

Preservationists want to save JFK's Sundrome

From the Daily News:

Preservationists are mounting a last-ditch campaign to rescue an iconic Kennedy Airport terminal even as the Port Authority vows to raze it by next month.

Terminal Six, a window-wall building designed by famed architect I.M. Pei, is being demolished to make way for a new facility or parking lot, officials said.

History buffs contend that demolishing the terminal, originally home to National Airlines in 1970, will take away one of Kennedy's few bright spots.

"The Port Authority will take an airport that is generally regarded as the worst airport anywhere, and they're going to make it worser," said Geoffrey Arend, founder of the trade publication Air Cargo News, using the grammatical flub for effect.

The Port Authority defended the move when it was first announced last year.

"Maintaining obsolete buildings that were built 60 years ago is not a prudent use of our limited resources," Executive Director Chris Ward said then.


Anonymous said...

It's crazy they want to tear down all these great terminals at JFK when LaGuardia is still such an embarrassing monument to mediocrity even after its multi-million dollar, multi-year 'renovation'.

Are we supposed to be grateful the old TWA terminal is still there? What's going on with that anyway? I'm old enough to remember what a beautiful place it was at one time.

Anonymous said...

Mediocrity > JFK & LGA. The Port Authority had done everything to kill off JFK in favor of Liberty Newark - a place that is just bad, but receives most of the NY $$ that JFK should have had.