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This morning the New York Post published renderings of a shiny new LaGuardia Airport by the Manhattan design firm Neoscape for the advocacy group Global Gateway Alliance. The renderings are in response to the Port Authority’s Request for Qualifications to undertake a $2.5 billion redevelopment of the rundown, overcrowded airport. These particular plans are not associated with any of the bidders — they are merely idealizations of what’s possible. The PA is expected to pick an actual firm for redevelopment in the next few weeks; the goal is to complete the entire redesign by 2021.

The Global Gateway Alliance proposal is 1,300,000 square feet, one-third larger than the current central terminal. The modern, swooping design also leaves room for a direct subway connection. Check out one more rendering after the jump.

Renderings Show an Updated LaGuardia [NY Post]

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On December 19th, Governor Cuomo celebrated the opening of a Taste NY shop at LaGuardia Airport. Located next to the Delta Sky Club in Terminal C, the store sells a wide array of wines, spirits, ciders, beers, chutney, jams, sauces, pickles and other products that have one thing in common: they were made in New York State, from the Finger Lakes to Long Island. Taste NY is not a pop up, and the shop will be jointly operated by Delta, Brooklyn Oenology Winery and the airport’s concessionaire, OTG.

Part of an initiative by Governor Andrew Cuomo to promote state food and beverages to consumers around the world, there are also Taste NY stores at John F. Kennedy Airport, McArthur Airport in Islip, Long Island and a display at Buffalo-Niagara Airport. Other Taste NY stores are scheduled to open in 2014 in New York airports, train stations, and transportation hubs. “More than 25 million people passed through LaGuardia in 2012,” stated Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy at the ribbon-cutting on Thursday. “That’s a massive audience for the great products of Taste New York.” Two more photos of the event after the jump.

Photo via Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Andrew Cuomo announced that LaGuardia Airport will receive about $37,000,000 for five different projects that protect against flooding, CBS reports. Hurricane Sandy flooded the airport with 100 million gallons of seawater, closing it for three days and canceling a total of 3,300 flights. The money will go toward projects like installing flood barrier berms, concrete floodwalls and gravity drains, replacing generators and rehabbing the airport’s power distribution grid. The majority of funding — about $28,000,000 — will come from a disaster mitigation and recovery award from the federal government.

LaGuardia Airport To Get $37M In Anti-Flood Aid [CBS]

Photo via blog.jetblue.com

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This Wednesday, November 6th Assemblywoman Margaret Markey is holding a public meeting with officials from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the Port Authority of NY and NJ to address noise and environmental concerns at LaGuardia Airport. According to the press release, the Federal Aviation Administration will discuss a new program that’s applying satellite-based technology to streamline aircraft landing procedures at LaGuardia. Port Authority officials will discuss their new Airport Noise and Operations Management System, which will permit the PA to use monitoring equipment to track noise and identify aircrafts that exceed the authorized noise level. The eventual goal is that the public can obtain all current airplane flight data and file a complaint that will identify the specific flight and airline. The meeting begins at 7pm at Maspeth Town Hall, 53-37 72nd Street, in Maspeth.

Photo by Nouhailler

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While wandering around the neighborhood one day, I happened across the famous Jackson Hole “Airline Diner.” The restaurant had a brief appearance in the classic 1990 film “Goodfellas,” and those of us who live here amongst the blessed hills of Astoria make it a point of acknowledging when one of our own gets famous and you don’t get more famous than appearing in a Scorcese film.

It’s a magnificent bit of neon signage, on this diner found on Astoria Boulevard.

From movie-locations.com:

The ‘Idlewild Airport’ scenes used the cargo buildings of Kennedy Airport. Idlewild became Kennedy Airport in 1963, but it’s near to New York’s other main airport, LaGuardia, that you’ll find the ‘Airline Diner’, where the grown-up Hill (Ray Liotta) and pal Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) steal a truck. It’s now part of the Jackson Hole franchise. Confusingly, but thankfully, it keeps the famous old neon ‘Airline’ sign. You can grab a burger in the classic pink and chrome interior of the Jackson Hole Diner, 69-35 Astoria Boulevard at 70th Street in Queens (tel: 718.204.7070).

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Yesterday the MTA announced a new bus service in Queens that’ll offer a quicker route to LaGuardia Airport. Beginning this Sunday, September 8th, a new Q70 Limited route will connect at the Woodside-61st Street Long Island Rail Road/7 stop and at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue 7/E/F/M/R stop, then travel nonstop to and from LaGuardia Airport. Once at the airport, the Q70 Limited will stop at Terminals B, C and D. This route is expected to reduce travel time from Jackson Heights by more than 40 percent, with travel times between Midtown Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport connecting at Woodside or Jackson Heights coming in as brief as 35 minutes.

These changes mean that the Q33, the bus that previously traveled to LaGuardia, will now terminate outside the airport on 95th Street at Ditmars Boulevard. This will shorten the Q33 trip for local residents who take it regularly through Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst. The amended Q33 will keep its current hours of service and continue to operate every day, 24 hours a day. As for the Q70 airport bus, it will also operate 24 hours seven days a week. During most of the day, the bus will leave at 12-minute intervals, with 15-minute and 20-minute headways during early morning and late evening periods and 30 minute headways during overnight periods.

Photo by Doug Kerr

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Image source: Times Ledger

The Times Ledger reports that the MTA is looking at new ways to get people to LaGuardia Airport via public transportation, and have proposed three new bus lines with that in mind. Last week the agency presented them at an open house event at the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights. They had considered a variety of transit options, from subway extensions to ferry service, and came to the conclusion that bus rapid transit, known as Select Bus Service (SBS), would be the best solution for this particular situation.

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Image source: Times Ledger

So it looks like the residential conversion of the old Chilton Paint factory (109-09 15th Ave – GMAP) in College Point, which was first planned back in 2005, might finally be happening. According to the Times Ledger, there was a change of ownership, and in August the new owner filed paperwork with the city to get the project back in motion. According to the original 2005 plans, the conversion would turn the building into 134 apartments, the exterior of the building would remain intact, and a public walkway would be built along the waterfront. There would be views of Manhattan, though given where the building is situated LaGuardia airport and Rikers Island seem like they would be in view too.