FROM WORST TO FIRST?

A New York Redemption Story

Likened to ‘third-world’ countries by a former vice president and handed the moniker ‘LaGarbage’ by its long-suffering passengers, LaGuardia Airport is in the midst of a multi-billion dollar metamorphosis to reassert the downtown down-and-outer as the Big Apple’s premier gateway. Chris Sloan visits the city that never sleeps.

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LaGuardia’s famous Marine Air Terminal was built in 1939.
United States Library of Congress
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The Queens airport’s limited opportunities for expansion are highlighted in this aerial view.
Wikimedia Commons/ Patrick Handrigan

“If I blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you’d think, ‘I must be in some third-world country,’” then-US Vice Joe Biden said in 2014.

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