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New York City is teeming with rooftop pools, but this summer’s most exciting rooftop pool opening is in an unexpected location — and it could just lure New Yorkers away from the skyscrapers in favor of something even more exciting.

The much-anticipated TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy Airport announced Tuesday it will open an infinity pool with clear views of the airport’s runways and planes taking off.

Gerber Group — the nightlife company behind fashionable venues like Mr. Purple and The Campbell Apartment — will be operating the onsite pool, alongside The Sunken Lounge, a bar space inside the hotel.

The pool will be open year-round, with a pool bar and observation deck. The pool is capable of being heated up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the water purifies itself completely every 30 minutes. Guests will be able to recline in loungers while overlooking the airport’s Runway 4 Left/22 Right. The runway is more than 12,000 feet long and is used by major airlines like JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta and Lufthansa.

On a clear day, guests at the pool deck will be able to look beyond the runway to the waters of Jamaica Bay.

And, like any self-respecting pool bar, this one will feature a signature cocktail (the Mile High Spritz with vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice and prosecco) and a full rooftop kitchen.

Hotel guests will be able to use the pool at any time. If you aren’t staying there, you’ll have to make a reservation to access it. But it could be the reservation that transforms your JFK layover from a nightmare to a delight.

Other anticipated features of the hotel include a transformed former TWA aircraft that will be a cocktail bar adjacent to the building.

The hotel will open to the public on May 15.


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