The TWA Flight Center at JFK airport, a feat of modern architecture and design, was special from the day it opened in 1962. For that reason it has endured and been preserved to this day despite being closed to travelers since 2001.
For me this place is especially meaningful, as it’s where my parents met while both working at TWA. My mother still tells me how she can remember my dad walking down the stairs inside, smoking a cigar—more locomotive than man, and her—a young girl with the whole world at the gate. On their first date, they flew to Paris.