21 Sep 2010 7:21 am   //   Filed under: New York is different, Photos

Photos of the approach to LaGuardia Airport

Before airplanes, people traveling long distances to New York City arrived by ship across the New York harbor, watching the island of Manhattan slowly come into view, unfolding with drama and promise.

Today we have the approach to LaGuardia Airport. On the evening of Labor Day, I flew into LaGuardia on a Dash 8 from Roanoke, descending over the harbor, over Manhattan, over the Bronx, then turning and landing from the northeast on runway 4-22. This approach may provide the most spectacular view of any urban airport landing in the world.

You’re not supposed to use digital cameras on the plane, but I did anyway.

Brooklyn: Verrazano Narrows Bridge, Coney Island

Brooklyn: Red Hook, Gowanus Expressway, Prospect Park, Green-Wood Cemetery

Lower Manhattan (World Trade Center site at lower-left), the East River bridges, Downtown Brooklyn

Midtown Manhattan: Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, the East River, Queens and Brooklyn

The north half of Central Park, Upper West Side, Harlem, Upper East Side

The Bronx: Fordham University, Bronx Park