Newly released renderings of a revamped LaGuardia Airport show what it could look like in 2021 – the year that the Port Authority is expected to complete its $2.5 billion redevelopment of the outdated and overused facility. Although an architectural firm for the project will be chosen in the next few weeks, Manhattan-based Neoscape created two renderings as food for thought for the advocacy group Global Gateway Alliance based on the Port Authority’s parameters. The images are not part of an official bid, but are idealized visions of what a 21st century LaGuardia could look like.

“This comprehensive vision integrates a modern, efficient and innovative design, including the striking all-glass facade, into LaGuardia’s main terminal,” said Joseph Sitt, chairman of the Global Gateway Alliance.

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One aspect of the new design we find particularly interesting is that it makes room for a subway extension to the airport. There has been discussion about extending the N train to La Guardia. The line currently ends at Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.

The renderings should please both New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Vice President Joe Biden, who recently engaged in a war of words over the dilapidated state of the Queens airport, which is currently one of the busiest airports in the United States with 26.7 million passengers in 2013. De Blasio called Biden’s remarks inappropriate when he compared LaGuardia to a “third world country,” although de Blasio did add that the airport “obviously needs an upgrade.”

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Via Curbed NY

Renderings via Global Gateway Alliance

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