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NEW YORK (PIX11) –– Catch it if you can!

Open House New York, the annual city-wide event which allows New Yorkers to explore places they can’t normally visit, is this weekend, and one of the highlights isn’t a house at all.

This weekend may be the last chance New Yorkers have to explore the iconic 1962 TWA Flight Center, the swooping modernist structure designed by Eero Saarinen and featured in the Leonardo Di Caprio movie “Catch Me If You Can,” shown below.

The flight center closed in 2001, when TWA went belly up, and the structure’s interior, with its high ceilings and sweeping curves that recall “The Jetsons,” has been largely out of public view.

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The famed corridor of the TWA Flight Center (Rolando Pujol/PIX11 News)

Many see this as a last chance to see the center in its unvarnished state. André Belazs has reportedly been tapped  to convert the TWA Flight Center into a restaurant and lounge for his new JFK Hotel.

But seeing the TWA Flight Center is just the tip of the iceberg of opportunities OHNY is offering this weekend — for free.

OHNY offers talks, tours, performances, family activities, and of course, rare access to private residences and historic landmarks across the city.

OHNY started in 2003, and last year’s events drew 200,000 visitors.

To learn more at the OHNY website, click here.

 

1 Comment

  • Jonson

    The flight center closed in 2001, when TWA went belly up, and the structure’s interior, with its high ceilings and sweeping curves that recall “The Jetsons,” has been largely out of public view

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