1. Better restaurants
Shake Shack, Artichoke Pizza, Tompkins Square Bagels, Russ & Daughters -- the list goes on and on.
2. An epic waterfall
3. Musical performances
If you're traveling through the Portland airport, you just might catch a cello performance, pan flute solo or some beautiful notes from the piano; various acts make up the PDX Art and Entertainment division. With all the Broadway talent in the world and some pretty darn good subway acts, LGA could be singin' a whole new tune.
4. Meditation rooms
5. Play areas for kids
Many airports, like San Francisco, Miami and Dallas-Fort Worth, have playgrounds or special spots for kiddos bursting with energy. The new LGA should learn from these airports and at least have a few slides, swings and attractions for lively little ones.
6. Better breastfeeding amenities
Thanks to a new initiative called Friendly Airports for Mothers, breastfeeding moms might finally get the private lactation rooms they deserve. Just a little nudge to make these rooms extra amazing, LGA, as travel with little ones is no easy feat.
7. Local shopping stores and wares
New York City has some of the best shopping in the world, but airports are usually filled with the same, tired touristy goods. LGA should keep some of the touristy stuff (everyone needs an NYC shot glass), but also take a few pointers from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and add locally-made trinkets and goods.
8. Composting and recycling programs
Down in Charlotte, North Carolina, the airport has attempted to introduce worms (yes, worms) to deal with its traveler trash problem. Though things might get a little dirty, introducing composting -- or more thorough recycling program-- would be well worth the work.
9. A space for animals
JFK's new all-animal terminal, called "The Ark," opens next year and it looks pretty awesome for the 70,000 or so furry friends that pass through the hub each year. There'll be a place for penguins, a swimming pool for pups and even stables. Maybe LGA could host an extra space in case of animal overflow?
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