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.

LaGuardia’s famous Marine Air Terminal was built in 1939.
United States Library of Congress
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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