Manhattan firm draws up vision for LaGuardia Airport

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The Post reported that the 1.3-million-square-foot La Guardia redesign would be one-third larger than the existing building and leaves space for a possible direct subway line in the future.
Credit: Global Gateway Alliance via NY Post

New York’s LaGuardia has long suffered a bad reputation, but one Manhattan design firm put out their vision for the national hub.

New renderings published by the New York Post from designers Neoscape envision a bright, curvy, modern structure that would service the almost 26 million passengers who used LaGuardia in 2013.

The drawings were created for the Global Gateway Alliance, a recently created airport modernization advocacy group.

The Post reported that the 1.3-million-square-foot space is one-third larger than the existing building and leaves space for a possible direct subway line in the future.

At least three bids remain for LaGuardia’s main terminal redesign estimated to cost around $2.5 billion, according to Crain’s New York Business.

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New York’s LaGuardia has long suffered a bad reputation, but one Manhattan design firm put out their vision for the national hub.
Credit: Global Gateway Alliance via NY Post

In February, Vice President Joe Biden remarked on the Queens airport during a visit to Philadelphia while comparing it to airports in Hong Kong.

“If I blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you must think, ‘I must be in some Third World country.’”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for the state to take control of both LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports during his State of the State speech.

“LaGuardia, JFK are inexcusable, frankly, that they have not been redeveloped to keep pace with the best international airports,” Cuomo said at an unrelated press event in January. “And that’s something that we’re going to attend to.”

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