MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6349 posts, RR: 50 Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1188 times:
Here's a previous post I made on a similar topic....
"Actually, there aren't too many places to spot. If aircraft are landing on Runway 19 (or departing on 1), you can get within a few feet...literally...of the taxi way on some side roads North of the field. They are kind of hard to find if you aren't familiar with the area though, but it makes for a really interesting vantage point.
Another decent option is the Laketown recreation area by the Treasure Chest casino. There is a big fishing pier out over the lake which gives you a nice view of aircraft on final approach onto Runway 19...about 1 1/2 miles out from the runway."
If you have a rental car, drive to the Wingate Inn (just North of the field) and then drive behind the hotel going back towards the terminal. You'll see the side streets, lots of light industrial in the area. Look for the big adult book store and drive to the end of that street.
It might be easier to find the pier by the casino. Leave the airport via the airport access road, take a right on Veterans Blvd, then take a left on Williams Blvd (the first major interchange you come to). Go straight down Williams for about 2 miles until you reach the lake. Easy to find.
Diamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 64 Reply 6, posted (9 years 8 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1151 times:
Isn't that place likely to get raided or something? Any other worthwhile places?
I've been to NYC a few times, and know the sights within Manhattan. But I was thinking more of aviation-related places. Books, models, and good spotting areas. We're doing a corporate fitness video, and I will need a break from all of that.
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
What is the Airline Adult bookstore, out of curiosity?
Just a nudie book store that happens to be next to an airport and have its mailbox on Airline Highway.... hence the name
Isn't that place likely to get raided or something?
Any other worthwhile places?
To get an idea of what I speak: I suggest you search the MSY pictures on this site... particularly those by Andy Jung (who's gotten by far the most accepted). 99% of his pics were taken from that spot.
Diamond From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3279 posts, RR: 64 Reply 8, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1132 times:
I will probably go out to MSY on the afternoon and evening of 4/30. Hope to get some good sun and some good photos at the same time. My buddies are going to hit the Quarter and I'll be free to do my own stuff.
Still need more information on NYC/JFK aviation interests, however.
Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 38 Reply 12, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1117 times:
Steve (Frontier) and I (airport operator) both work at MSY. I can probably work something in on Friday if you want to run around the airfield a bit. My email's on my profile if you want to set something up.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina
Rjpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (9 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1109 times:
"Just a nudie book store that happens to be next to an airport and have its mailbox on Airline Highway.... hence the name"
" I've been to NYC a few times, and know the sights within Manhattan. But I was thinking more of aviation-related places. Books, models, and good spotting areas. We're doing a corporate fitness video, and I will need a break from all of that."
Unfortunately, there aren't many good aviation stores in NYC....Would you be willing to take a drive to Fairfield NJ? If so, there is a store there called the Airplane Shop () that has tons of models and books.
As for spotting areas, did you check out that site I linked? That has the maps of all the spotting areas at JFK. What hotel are you staying at....?
The only other aviation related place in that area that I could think for you to go would be Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn. They still have old WWII hangards and buildings, and even some old planes. It is easy to get there and if you are into history, it might be cool for you.
Sorry I could not be of more help...I'll let you know if I think of more stuff....Do you want restaurant tips?