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Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12acre state park on the East River in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, in the New York City borough of Queens. The park is located in a former dockyard and manufacturing district, and includes remnants of facilities from the area's past.HistoryThe southern portion of the park is a former dock facility and includes restored "contained apron" transfer bridges of the James B. French patent. These were built in 1925 to load and unload rail car floats that served industries on Long Island via the Long Island Rail Road tracks that used to run along 48th Avenue (now part of Hunter's Point Park). The northern portion of Gantry Plaza State Park was part of a former Pepsi bottling plant.Constructed in 1936 by Artkraft Strauss, the 120ft long and 60ft high neon Pepsi-Cola sign was located on top of the bottling plant before it was preserved and moved into a permanent location within the park in 2009.The park first opened in May 1998 and was expanded in July 2009. The park is being developed in stages by the Queens West Development Corporation. The original section of Gantry Plaza State Park was designed by Thomas Balsley with Lee Weintraub, both New York City landscape architects, and Richard Sullivan, an architect. Stage 2, the new 6acre section of the park, was designed by New York City landscape architecture firm Abel Bainnson Butz and the first phase of Stage 2 opened to the public in July 2009. When complete, Gantry Plaza State Park is expected to total 40acre in size.
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  • I went as part of a photography class. Lots of industrial detail and great views of Manhattan. It's located on the East River, in bustling Long Island City. 
  • Worth a visit for the vista alone. Beautifully kept gardens, comfy seating and some great food nearby. 
  • Very well maintained park with a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. Gusty. Has several seats to sit and enjoy NEW YORK. On the North is the famous retro Pepsi sign that yields good pictures.
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  • Beautiful and clean park with a great view! It has picnic tables and there's so much to see and explore. This is the perfect place for a picnic or to hang out with friends or for some photography. There's also plenty of good food around in the neighborhood. Lots of burger places and a food truck or two nearby.
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  • Excellent water front park with an amazing view of Manhattan. Has many pokestops and dogs. Great for day and night time dates. Play grounds available for kids and there's a basketball court as well.
  • Amazing view. Nice green area. There are a plenty of seats to sit and enjoy the beautiful view of the Midtown area. The famous coca cola sign is right here!
  • This is a beautiful park surrounded by smiling children playing in the water, beautiful view of the new York city buildings. Great for photos and just hanging out , also getting a tan on a sunny beautiful day. Overall my favorite park and you get to see the Pepsi cola sign, beautiful apartment buildings.
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