NYC Municipal Airports - Vintage US Travel Poster
New York City Municipal Airports Poster, 1937.
New York City’s first municipal airport was Floyd Bennett Field and was developed to attract business away from Newark. Today, the site is a historic, recreational area and a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area.
The New York’s LaGuardia Airport project was one of the largest undertakings of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). What was once the “landplane field” is today’s main airport and what was “seaplane division” is now the Marine Air Terminal. The airport was constructed on the site of the former North Beach Airport between 1937 and 1939. Under Mayor LaGuardia the city began expanding the site with landfill from Rikers Island. At the time of its completion, LaGuardia was among the most advanced airports in the world.
The WPA Guide to New York City, 1939 (p.567) describes the new project:
“[At] Grand Central Parkway and Ninety-fourth Street, scheduled for opening in the summer of 1939, is New York’s second municipal airport – Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn is the first – and the most important land and seaplane terminal in the East. Situated on a 432-acre tract projecting into the East River between Bowery and Flushing Bays, the field is only twenty minutes ride, by way of Grand Central Parkway and Triborough Bridge, from mid-town Manhattan.
The seaplane division is designed to accommodate regular transatlantic airplane travel… Its facilities will eventually include two hangars holding twelve to fourteen planes; a marine traffic terminal connecting with the hangars by tunnel; an administration building containing waiting and baggage rooms, and offices for navigation, flight control, health, customs, and immigration; and a platform ramp on Flushing Bay for landing passengers.
The landplane field will be used as the eastern terminus for the planes of the Transcontinental and Western, the American, the United, and the Eastern air lines, replacing Newark Airport in this respect. Its facilities will comprise four concrete runways measuring 4,688, 4,168, 3,900, and 3,532 feet, unobstructed runway approaches of several hundred feet, and an administration building flanked by six hangars.
The cost of the airport is estimated at $22,000,000, of which 70 percent will be borne by WPA. Work was begun early in 1938.”
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Vintage Travel Poster - NYC Municipal Airports,1937
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