Spotting @ JFK & LGA

Thu Jan 20, 2000 5:42 am

Can anyone tell me what are the best places to take some pics? Thank you in advance. You can also e-mail me @

RE: Spotting @ JFK & LGA

Thu Jan 20, 2000 9:00 am

Hello. In answer to your question, about La Guardia, I am not too sure. The only thing I can think of, and it's sort of stupid, is rent a boat and go out into the East River for shots of departing planes from Runway 4. Or you can get shots on land of course, but I am not too familiar with that area. For JFK, I have flown into and out of this airport a few times and whenever we depart from Runway 13R, I notice that there are lots of grasslands and marsh in the Jamaica Bay Area. There are shots you might be able to take from the Rockaway Boulevard and I am certain that there are places on the airport itself to take your pictures. I ususaly get nice shots of the airplanes from the parking lot believe it or not---the short term parking lot. Anyway, good luck and the best thing to do is maybe ask airport personell if they will allow you on the tarmac. Good luck and I hope this helped.
Matt D
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RE: Spotting @ JFK & LGA

Thu Jan 20, 2000 9:50 am

i can't comment on JFK, since I've never been there. But, I have heard many horror stories about that airport. So, you might be well advised to stay away from it. I have.
As for LGA, there are a few places.
First, is the west end of the USAirways terminal (which is shaped sort of like a horse shoe). There are a couple of windows there that allow some great taxi shots-even when the gate that's there is occupied.
The next, is in the Central Terminal. There is a walkway between the concourses that has lots of windows tht overlook the tarmac. The only drawback to this is that you can only get good pix of planes arriving or departing the gates that you happen to be overlooking.
The next best is at the end of the C concourse, where United is. When those gates aren't occupied, that is (in my humble opinion) the BEST spot at LGA. The main drawback to this spot is simply getting to it. It is restricted to ticketed passengers only, so you may have to get a gate pass from one of the airlines (I found that if you cry and plead, TWA will usually be the one airline to give you one).
Almost as good as concourse C is "D", where American parks. SImilar view as C, but a better view of the runways. Also, taxiing planes pass much, MUCH closer to you. This is also a "ticketed pax only" concourse, but it's not as rigidly enforced as the others, so it's possible to sometimes "sneak in" without bearing a ticket (be sure to pass through the metal detectors though). If you do get in, plan on staying awhile (you won't be disappointed) because if you try it again later, you might not be so lucky..especially if someone happens to notice the same person passing through security over and over...good luck
king air
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RE: Spotting @ JFK & LGA

Thu Jan 20, 2000 10:04 am

Please do not try to take photos from the top of any parking garage at J F K. I was harassed by the cops after only one minute up there.
I drove 2 hours to get kicked out.
TWa's terminal will give you a good view of 31L.
The freight area is pretty cool too. Sometimes freindly staff will let you onto the plane parking areas to look around
Try EWR I hear it is good for spotting. I will try it this spring and post a report

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