Queens-Finland-Cranbrook Connection

14 Aug

I finally have a new home, two and half months after I left Helsinki. I am now a new resident of the Queens borough of New York City.

With almost 2.3 million residents, Queens is roughly four times the size of Helsinki and the second most-populated borough behind Brooklyn’s 2.5 million people (according to the April 2010 census).  

As I have been slowly exploring my neighborhood for the past week, I remembered that there is one impressive tie to Finland and Cranbrook in Queens.

The Queens Borough is connected to both Finland and the Cranbrook Academy of Art by way of the John F. Kennedy International Airport. Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen, son of Cranbrook Founder Eliel Saarinen, designed the modernist concrete construction, the TWA terminal (1958-1962), shown below in a photo by Ezra Stoller.

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4 Responses to “Queens-Finland-Cranbrook Connection”

  1. dave August 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    i have had the great good fortune in the last couple of years to learn that the Saarinen influence is spread far and wide, and the products of the almost mysterious Finnish culture are some of the finest designs in the world. it makes me feel pretty lucky to have found this out. your blog has certainly helped.

    • hellosinki August 20, 2011 at 2:25 am #

      Thanks, Dave! The Saarinens (both father and son) are really fantastic architects and they are both very dear to my heart!

  2. goldfish August 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Not to mention the Goldfish-Finland-Cranbrook connection. I attended children’s art classes there when I was a kid. Small world.

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