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Impressions Of LaGuardia LGA  
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

I finally had the opportunity to fly from MSP to New York, and the cheapest was on American into LGA. I have been to LGA once or twice or even more when I used to live in New Jersey, but that was YEARS ago. July 31st, I flew AA MSP-ORD-LGA. I landed at LGA, and noticed that the approach was sweet! Went right past JFK, low over the rooftops, and right onto runway 04! The location was cool, right by the water. Then, inside the D terminal...I noticed that it seemed really small, and sorta cramped! Are all the terminals at LGA like this? I met my cousin and aunt, and they said what a crappy airport this is. The baggage areas seemed pretty small, the carousels seemed old, but they worked! Outside was weird! The huge hangars must be many decades old! The old AA logo and everything, felt like I was in the 50s! It was odd! Today, I flew LGA-ORD-MSP on AA. Saw the same stuff, but checkin was HORRID! Why does LGA have such a small checkin area for a HUGE number of passengers!? It's nuts, the line for AA was incredible! Thank god my aunt was smart enough to make us go outside and use the curbside! So far, my impressions of LGA were so-so. Takeoff today in the 757 was sweeeet! All the different aircraft! I never knew LGA had Air Canada 767 service! Overall, I feel LGA was a tiny bit disappointing! I know they don't owe me anything, but there are improvments to be made! Does anyone know if they plan to do anything with LGA? I hope it doesn't stay like that forever! I'll go write a trip report later, with pictures, and get into detail!

ciao!

co

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User currently online727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6330 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

There's a reason they call it "La Garbage"

I know what you mean. My first day there was Oct. 10, 1992. I was surprised how small and cramped it was. But you gotta admit, for a spectator, it's awsome. I love seeing a lineup of aircraft waiting for takeoff!



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2152 times:

Yeah, I think the runway and taxiway area is cool! The 'Welcome to New York' sign is neat! Very fun landing and takeoff! Brian sent me an email, I'll respond in a little bit to him. He said that AA occupies A. Does anyone know why I departed D3, and arrived D6? It seemed all the D gates were just ALL AA aircraft!

co


User currently online727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6330 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

No, I believe it goes from right to left, so AA is in the D concourse.


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2140 times:

Yeah I had to be right. Maybe it was the D concourse inside the A terminal? Not sure, someone please clarify!

co


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16798 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2064 times:

They just finished renovating the Central Terminal Building, I think it looks great. It's cramped but efficient, clean and aestically pleasing.

Did you check out the food court in the Central Terminal Building, awesome views!

The newest terminal at LGA is the US Airways terminal which was built around '91 for CO and Eastern (later leased to U), much more open and airy.



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

Well, I was only in a few places at LGA. I was only in the parking lot outside, the baggage claim (A), ticketing for AA, curbside, and the D gates. I didn't explore much of LGA. I think I might use LGA for now on instead of EWR, I never knew the town where I visited (Mahwah) in northern New Jersey was closer to LGA than to EWR!!!

co


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16798 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

" never knew the town where I visited (Mahwah) in northern New Jersey was closer to LGA than to EWR!!!"

Ah no it isn't, I've lived in New Jersey all my life and have flown from all of the Major airports.

You seriously cannot think Mahwah/Ramsey/Bergen County is closer to LGA, first you have to cross the George Washington Bridge (which can take anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 hours) then you have to cross the Tri-Boro which is just as bad. And forget about the Major Degan!

I would rather just jet down the Parkway from Mahwah to EWR, should not take you more than 20 minutes.




Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16798 posts, RR: 51
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

I think if you check map quest you would find EWR and LGA equal distance from Mahwah, but EWR is straight South on the Parkway which is quick.

LGA takes forever to get to, and forget it if there's a Yankee game going on.



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1979 times:

US Airways terminal is the only one I have been in. It looks pretty nice, with all this glass and light. But even that terminal seems a bit old. It is quite a NY think in my opinion, but i love the place still  Smile

Most of JFK terminals are pretty old. Delta's terminal leaves a lot to be desired.

When you airports like Pittsburgh, Other airports (esp NYC airports) dont measure up.



There is something special about planes....
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1924 times:

La Garbage, my least favorite airport. I only flew into there once, and thought the place was as dumpy as a bus station. As a ramper, I always hated LGA flights, as it always seem to have nothing but heavy bags (people going to/from LGA always seemed to have packed their whole house into their bags). Friends of mine that were gate agents always hated them because the pax going on the LGA flights were the rudest people. 9 times out of 10 that the police would get called to a gate due to a pax it would be a LGA flight.

User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1915 times:

STT757: My aunt told me that she got to LGA quicker both times than it would be to go to EWR. The parkway's becoming a mess, there's a ton of congestion! I know there's a ton of congestion at LGA, but if you know the right way, it's easy to get to!

co


User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2015 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1890 times:

I first flew through LGA this past March.

I was braced for the worst, since I'd heard so much negative feedback about it. When I got there, though, I found it to be quite a pleasant airport. The exterior of the Central Terminal is ancient and in dire need of work, but the inside is as fresh and modern as any new terminal. It's also got the European-style yellow signage with black lettering, which looks very smart. The central food court is nice (maybe a bit small) and the ticket lobbies were decently large.

The concourses, on the other hand, had been superficially renovated - mostly just with new signs - but they were narrow and had gate holdrooms that were way too small. Hopefully LGA will work on these next.


User currently offlineAca330 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 146 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1892 times:

BTW, Continental, that Air Canada 767 you saw likely was there only to
service passengers displaced by a large number of cancelled flights
the previous day. This was probably due to traffic management for severe storms in the area.



User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

My impressions of LGA were not that great the first time i flew threw there. I think it was because they had not renovated the terminals yet. I flew threw there again about 3 months ago and my impression had changed. They made great improvements on the terminals, they look much more modern. hopefully i will have the chance to visit LGA in the near future.

 Smile


User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

That was a pretty rare spotting...you rarely see Air Canada 767s in the Northeastern U.S...have to go to Florida or LAX to see those...

As for LGA, the Marine Air Terminal is pretty good. It serves only Delta Shuttle, which makes for very efficent travel...security is no more than 20 minutes, and the place can get crowded, but it's only a handful of flights every hour. Not as bad as other terminals I've been to during rush hour.

As for the GS Parkway, it has gotten worse. Coming down from New England, I am now taking the GW Bridge to NJ, as I-87 up by the Tappan Zee is horrible, and the Parkway is getting pretty bad too. If you time crossing the GWB right, it is no more than a 15 minute delay...not bad at all.

Jeff


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16798 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1806 times:

"I know there's a ton of congestion at LGA,"

To get to LGA from NJ you have to go over two toll bridges, GW Bridge and the Tri-Boro. That alone can take anywhere from 15-45-60 minutes each, then you have to drive the Major Deegan which is the worst road anywhere!

You must have flown on a Sunday morning or something?

I live in Central Jersey, when I took my girlfriend to Montreal last August we flew out of JFK I made it there in less than an hour!

It has taken me as much as three hours to get to JFK from my home!

My Mom works in Long Island City (Queens) and most days it takes her two hours to get home!

As for Mahwah, in September when the Secaucus transfer station opens you will be able to ride NJ Transit trains from Mahwah/Ramsey to Newark Airport rail link station.

http://www.njtransit.com/an_capitalprojects_project002.shtm

And the town of Ramsey (next to Mahwah) is getting a new regional rail station.

http://www.njtransit.com/an_capitalprojects_project065.shtm



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5499 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

Cool info! I saw the new Seacaucus station when I was passing through to head to Hoboken from Mahwah, very nice. I actually landed at LGA on July 31st, a Thursday (week ago). I got into the car around 1:45 pm. I noticed it didn't take long to get there, but it was a pain to get back on July 31st!

co


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16798 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

Hoboken is an awesome town!


Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlinePetazulu From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 701 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

STT757,

Your kidding, right?


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1692 times:

New Jersey has a lot of oddly named places.

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

N


User currently offlineBigPhilNYC From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4076 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1689 times:

EHy, wait, you folks ar epassing over the most excitgin part, the 767!

What gate was it at? What version of 767? What day? What times? FILL ME IN!

-Phil



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16798 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

Hoboken is an affluent town right on the Hudson river full of 20-30 something year olds, lots of awesome restaraunts, clubs etc.

Alot of local celebrities (Devils,Nets players) live there. Why would you dis Hoboken?..



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16798 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1686 times:

"New Jersey has a lot of oddly named places."

For instance I live in Manalapan New Jersey, try saying that three times fast.

The proper way to pronounce Manalapan is , Man-Al-La-pen.



Eastern Air lines flt # 701, EWR-MCO Boeing 757
User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1631 times:

Used to be a complete dump, has been improved significantly over the past several years. Still not a top-tier airport by American standards, but it is at least bearable (except during rush-hours). Also, much of it depends on what terminal you are arriving/departing into...USAirways' terminal being the best ever since it opened, and the DL/NW terminal taking top prize as the crappiest terminal now that AA's concourse has been cleaned up a bit.


America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
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