Day 13

LaGuardia Landing Lights

January 12th, 2012

The strangest — and most strangely named — park in the city, LaGuardia Landing Lights consists of a string of mundane swaths of grass cutting diagonally across the street grid and containing the landing lights for the approach to Runway 4 at LaGuardia Airport. (The end of the runway is so close to the edge of the airport's property that the landing lights have to extend out into the adjacent neighborhood.) The lights are fenced off, but the rest of the park is open to the public. When the wind conditions are right and the airport is using this approach, you can sit out here and watch planes come screaming over your head every 90 seconds or so.


  1. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Probably fun for a while but to live under them all the time? Don’t think so.

  2. Gigi says:

    You’ll probably be deaf after several months of doing that.

  3. Karen Too says:

    No thank you. :-P

    I once lived, briefly, so close to the New Orleans airport that I could literally wave to the pilots from my living room window as their planes came in for a landing.

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