I took three years of French in High School but I haven't used it much since then so I'm a bit rusty. Thank God for Google.
The effort to develop it into a commercial was started by Fiorello LaGuardia after a TWA flight to Newark Airport but his ticket was stamped as New York. He demanded that his plane be flown to Bennett Field which was actually within New York. He urged the city to support an airport within its limits.
American Airlines began with a trial service to that same Bennett Field but Newark worked out better because of its proximity to Manhattan. Expansion of the North Beach Airport began in 1937. Part of it had to be built on a metal reinforcing framework to be the required size. On October 15, 1939, it was dedicated as the New York Municipal Airport and officially opened for business on December 2 of that year. Of course there were detractors. The airport received it's current name in 1947.
Sometimes it is referred to as USS LaGuardia because of the short runways and the fact that it is surrounded by water. In July of last year, a plan was announced for reconstruction of the airport.