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FAA Dedicates New ATC Tower At LGA  
User currently offlinewashingtonian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2602 times:

Good news...The old ATC tower at LGA supposedly had leaks at various times, etc. It was quite old and it looked it.

http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=12301

NEW YORK–The Federal Aviation Administration today dedicated a new airport traffic control tower for LaGuardia Airport (LGA) that will replace the one that has served the airport since 1964. In 2010, air traffic controllers at LGA handled nearly 400,000 takeoffs and landings.

The tower will be equipped with the latest aviation technology, including the Airport Surface Detection System Model X (ASDE-X), which allows controllers to track surface movement of aircraft and vehicles. Controllers will also be using the Integrated Control and Monitoring System (ICMS), which consolidates information including navigational aid displays into one screen.

The new 233-foot high tower is 82 feet higher than the previous tower and has an 850 square foot tower cab. The total cost to design, equip, and construct the new tower was approximately $100 million.

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User currently offlinejfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

When will the old one be torn down?

User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4452 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 2520 times:

Quoting washingtonian (Thread starter):
The old ATC tower at LGA supposedly had leaks at various times, etc. It was quite old and it looked it.

Yes it was old, but it is historically significant.


User currently offlinejfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2338 times:

"Yes it was old, but it is historically significant."

What was significant about it? It was built in 1964 to resemble the many lighthouses on long island. Other than that, it became a symbol of an outdated, decaying airport.

Tear it down.


User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2324 times:

When will they transfer ops from the old one?


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User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4452 posts, RR: 7
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2319 times:

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 3):
What was significant about it? It was built in 1964 to resemble the many lighthouses on long island

But that's precisely why it is historically significant.


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6422 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2213 times:

It would be a great obs tower.


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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

I love the old tower, so jet-age iconic. I hope it gets landmarked.

[Edited 2011-01-24 17:55:20]

User currently offlinecatiii From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 3029 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 2165 times:

Quoting rwy04lga (Reply 4):
When will they transfer ops from the old one?

As I recall they did late last year. This may be the formal dedication, but it's been in operation for some time now.


User currently offlinetsnamm From United States of America, joined May 2005, 628 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1894 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 7):
I love the old tower, so jet-age iconic. I hope it gets landmarked.

Oh please God no....can we just get rid of the old crap and move forward? Everyone complains how old
and decrepit the facilities are at LGA and when they finally build something new, some one wants to "save" the old buildgings everyone was complaining about. Just get rid of it...no one will miss it.


User currently offlinetjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2435 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week ago) and read 1833 times:

Quoting tsnamm (Reply 9):
Oh please God no....can we just get rid of the old crap and move forward?

Keep it. Make it a landmark, and let LGA Ops take over the cab.


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User currently offlinejfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week ago) and read 1823 times:

I am all for landmarking buildings that are worth it, but in NYC we tend to cheapen the cause by trying to landmark everything.

It's especially tough at airports because they are constantly growing and evolving. Take the TWA terminal for instance. Absolutely fantastic building worthy or landmarking. But what is it doing now? Nothing? Along with landmarking, a better plan to adapt and use it with the new T5 should have been implemented. Right now it stands as a lawn ornament.


User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4452 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (3 years 7 months 1 week ago) and read 1804 times:

Quoting tsnamm (Reply 9):
Oh please God no....can we just get rid of the old crap and move forward?

Hmmmm.... with that kind of attitude NOTHING would be preserved!

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 11):
I am all for landmarking buildings that are worth it, but in NYC we tend to cheapen the cause by trying to landmark everything.

Well, I'm OK with demolishing the old LGA tower, since there are so many other structures just like it in the area.  


User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2314 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1660 times:

I remember reading that the old tower obstructs the view of part of the ramp from the new tower, so it needs to be removed. In one news story I read about the dedication, they said part of the old tower would be dismantled, but part would be left and turned into a restaurant. That's the first I heard of that.


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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1541 times:

A restaurant? Make it an observation platform!  


Just accept that some days, you're the pigeon, and other days the statue
User currently offlineAirportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3621 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1529 times:

Quoting N62NA (Reply 12):
Well, I'm OK with demolishing the old LGA tower, since there are so many other structures just like it in the area.  

You didn't help your cause with that one...

Based on that, what is the reason to keep it? Does something set it apart from the other structures, aviation aside?



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