Transport: LaGuardia's Coup

Four years ago Manhattan's spunky 5 ft. 4 in. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia began bucking Postmaster General Jim Farley, Mayor Meyer Ellenstein of Newark

(N.J.) and four of the major U. S. airlines with his contention that the logical metropolitan air terminal for mail, express and passengers was not Newark but New York City. Laughed out of his lethal scheme to set an airport on Governor's Island, right under the skyscraper windows of downtown Manhattan, the Little Flower, a harum-scarum War flyer on the Italian front, was then battling in behalf of Floyd Bennett...

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