Ice skating at JFK? TWA Hotel to open rink

TWA Hotel is opening a new ice skating rink on Nov. 30. (Courtesy TWA Hotel/David Mitchell)

TWA Hotel owners are calling it the ‘Rockefeller Center of Queens.’

If you have some time to kill before takeoff at JFK Airport, the TWA Hotel’s new ice rink can offer a fun way to wait and ease your nerves.

The new on-airport hotel at JFK, which launched in the spring, opens the Runway Rink on Nov. 30. The 56-by-44-foot rink will be installed on the tarmac near the hotel’s Connie cocktail lounge, which will give skaters a unique view as they circle the rink.

There will also be a regularly occurring skating show based on the Connie’s history — after retiring from TWA, tail number N8083H served as an Alaskan bush plane that dropped supplies in the Prudhoe Bay.

The TWA Hotel will also be offering frosty beers, Sno-Caps candy and other snacks and drinks for those at the rink and showing off a dazzling holiday light display and tree.

“Normally, when you hear about ice at the airport, it’s not good news” says Tyler Morse, CEO and managing partner of MCR/MORSE Development, the owner-operator of the TWA Hotel. “But in this case, people can get excited about a frozen tarmac at JFK — we’re creating the Rockefeller Center of Queens.”

The company is also selling branded TWA hats and scarves for the cold winter months.

Guests can skate Monday through Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through the end of February.

Admission to skate is $15 and $10 for kids under 12. Skate rentals are $10.

Shaye Weaver