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1955, Madison St

FIORELLO H. LaGUARDIA (1882-1947) – The 99th Mayor of New York City (1934-1945), LaGuardia was the creator of the New York City Housing Authority. Earlier as a Congressman, he interrupted his career to serve as a decorated pilot during World War I. Although technically a Republican, he worked closely with President Franklin D. Roosevelt to secure federal subsidies for transportation, parks, public housing, bridges, schools and hospitals. The spunky 5' 2" LaGuardia earned a reputation for placing the city's interests ahead of political considerations. He presided over the construction of the city's first municipal airport, later named after him. LaGuardia Houses is in Manhattan.



Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia Houses on Manhattan's Lower East Side has nine buildings, 15 and 16-stories tall with 1,093 apartments housing some 2,596 residents. The 10.67-acre complex was completed July 31, 1957 and is bordered by Rutgers, Madison, Montgomery and Cherry Streets.

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Taken on February 14, 2009