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GOSSIP & RUMORS: Bumper car course opens on JFK Airport tarmac

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Canceled flight got you down?

Starting this Friday, JFK Airport’s TWA Hotel has a fun and nostalgic way to vent some of your travel-related frustrations: Bumper cars. 

The retro experience is the latest to be offered at the former Trans World Airlines terminal-turned-airport hotel, which also opened a roller rink this April. 

Now, every weekend through November, guests of the 512-room hotel and travelers with long layovers alike can get into fender benders in the shadow of TWA’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation airplane-turned-cocktail lounge in vehicles named The Bumpty Dance, Hammer Time, Nervous Wrecker and One Hit Wonder.

“Ride out summer and fall on our runway!” TWA’s website promotes. “Hit us up for a smashing weekend!”  

Visitors can book bumper sessions from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays and 12 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Admission is exclusively available on a first come, first serve basis, although the hotel is accepting reservations for private events. 

Sessions are $20 per adult and $16 per child under 12.

People lounge beside the rooftop pool at the TWA Hotel in 2019.
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“Connie,” the 1958 Lockheed Constellation airplane restored as a cocktail lounge at the hotel.
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The hotel is located in a converted former plane terminal.
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The lobby of the hotel and former terminal.
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The underground conference center is seen at the then-newly opened TWA Hotel at JFK Airport on May 15, 2019.
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Roller rink sessions are priced the same and include four-wheel skate rentals, although customers are also invited to bring their own.  

In addition to the skate venue and now the bumper cars, TWA also offers Instagram-friendly exhibits on topics including flight attendant fashion, mid-century modern design and the terminal’s history, as well as a rooftop infinity pool and observation deck, and a room containing a wall-to-wall version of Twister. The “experiential” lodging also features a variety of vintage 1960s cars parked through the space and multiple dining options including chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Paris Café and the Sunken Lounge, which overlooks the rink. 

Before it was a hotel and entertainment center, the 200,000-square-foot concrete-and-glass modern masterpiece was an active plane terminal, albeit one that was deemed “functionally obsolete the day it opened” due to being optimized for propeller planes and  not jets, developer Tyler Morse told The Post in 2019.



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