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LGA - Planeview Park?

Tue Aug 24, 2004 7:12 am

I live right near LGA and have seen a bunch of photos on this site that say they were taken at Planeview Park. Today I walked down to the airport and tried to locate this park based on some crude maps I've found online as well as what looked like the location based on the photos themselves. Well, I couldn't find it, but now that I'm home I have a feeling I was probably literally feet away from it.

How does one get to this park? Can you walk to it or do you need to drive? (I'm a New Yorker - I don't have a car.) I walked up Marine Terminal Road onto Bowery Bay Road - I stopped at a BP gas station to get a drink on that road, then gave up and went home. How close was I?

And is it still possible to get good pics from this park or have there been any new security initiatives there?

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RE: LGA - Planeview Park?

Tue Aug 24, 2004 8:09 am

Where do you start? (seriously)

You probably know the College of Aeronautics. It's right next to it. Bunch 'o trees, benches, plenty of walking space, a fence, and a few pieces of aluminum weighing in at a few hundred tons zipping along at 130 knots.

If you want more elaborate directions, shoot me an email.

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RE: LGA - Planeview Park?

Tue Aug 24, 2004 4:30 pm

Ok, let me get this straight (since I haven't heard from Futterman by email yet, may as well ask again). The photo attempts above still didn't come through but I tried looking up Planeview Park on and I saw one shot that sort of suggested to me where it was. I want to confirm, it's on the opposite side of the Grand Central Parkway from the airport? If so, then I was looking in totally the wrong place (I was on the airport grounds).
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RE: LGA - Planeview Park?

Tue Aug 24, 2004 4:48 pm

Yes, on the opposite side.

Call the College of Aeronautics and get an address or ask for directions. You'll be right there.

The arrivals over the park are more frequent in bad weather I believe.

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RE: LGA - Planeview Park?

Tue Aug 24, 2004 5:09 pm

is planeview park near the big bus depot and rental car depot? i was staying very close to LGA in Elmhurst, the planes would come right over the backyard, the landing lights were in the yard next door. it looks over the freeway too i think!

btw Tom and Brian, i'll be in NYC in december for a few days  Smile no dipping my feet in the atlantic this time!
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RE: LGA - Planeview Park?

Tue Aug 24, 2004 7:49 pm

You should email BigPhilNyc, he has a description about that spot I think on Jetphotos. I'll try and find it for you.
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RE: LGA - Planeview Park?

Tue Aug 24, 2004 7:54 pm

I found it:

"LGA spotting is very good at "Planeview Park," which is right next to the College Of Aeronautics off of the Grand Central Parkway right at the beginning of Runway 4. It is a wodnerful view of landing planes, but this approach is most often only used in poor weather, so photography is often just as poor. In addition, plane departing on Runway 22 (coming TOWARDS the park) is another extreme rarity due to the closeby residential area. (do a search for pictures by Dennis Wong, a good example of Planeview Park shots) Inside the Main Terminal is also a great spot for viewing and picture-taking. Anywhere among the windows are obviously very good. At both ends of the terminals, there are escalators that lead you up to a third floor, and a wonderful higher view of Runway 13/31, especially at the southern end of the terminal. (do another search for pictures by Dennis Wong, for examples of terminal shots) Across Flushing Bay, you have many options in the town of College Point as well. One good spot is at the Herman MacNiel Park, located at the northeast corner of the town. Here you'll have a wonderful view of planes landing on Runway 22 as they pass the NYC skyline (as seen in several shots by Tom Turner/Cicadajet). The very best spot in College Point, though, has got to be the dock, which is close to the southern end of College Point. It overlooks the beginning of Runway 31, and is a great view for planes arriving on 31 or departing on 13. Approaching planes fly DIRECTLY over your head at about 50-80 feet up, and the height gives you a slightly elevated view of the runway as well. This spot is on private property, so in order to not get into trouble and ruin the spot altogether, jsut email me at (or email me for any questions about LGA spots), and I would be proud to show you the way in. (examples of these can be seen by doing a search of photos by Phil Derner Jr.)"
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RE: LGA - Planeview Park?

Wed Aug 25, 2004 12:34 am

Hey, Plainview park is rite next to the College, and accross the bus depot, its not a park with swings and stuff, just a grassy area, heres a picture!

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RE: LGA - Planeview Park?

Wed Aug 25, 2004 12:22 pm

If you know where the Triboro bus comapny's garage is, it's across the street from it. It's a really great spot. Sometimes you may get some kids playing and couples going there to have a romantic time. But it's a great spot.
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RE: LGA - Planeview Park?

Thu Aug 26, 2004 12:18 am

If you take the bus, get the Q48 and get off at the stop just across College of Aeronautics...walk back toward the approach lights and on the right side (North, facing GCP) you will see a little lawn (I wouldn't call it a park!  Smile) with a NYC park sign saying "Planeview park".

I might go there tomorrow btw Big grin

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