It is currently closed and sadly off-limits to all but a few people, although it has been open briefly to the public a few times since it closed in 2001.
I believe the problem is that nobody knows what to do with the building. There are no good solutions. I've heard everything from a museum to a restaurant to a nightclub (!). Personally I lean toward a permanent JFK
-airport museum, which would keep with the theme of the building being from the "golden age" of air travel, etc., but I know that is not a revenue-generating proposition and isn't exactly a great location for such an exhibit. Most people who go to the airport do so to catch a flight or pick somebody up... only a few people (mainly most of us a.netters) would be interested in an airline-related museum. Additionally, I believe much of the original Port Authority's photographs surrounding IDL's building and first few years were stored in the twin towers and sadly lost in 2001. Most photography and paraphernalia would have to come from private sources and collections.
There was talk of putting a hotel between the Saarinen building and Jetblue's T5
. I don't know if anything further is coming of this but I really don't see how there is room for anything resembling a hotel. I hope this is not a final solution as a building of this type would totally ruin what is left of the dignity surrounding the Saarinen building and its "tubes". What was the point of keeping all of it if all the PA wants to do is build all around it and hem it in?