Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City

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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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  • Got here late at night after a busy day in manhattan and the views were gorgeous,could see all the way up and down the island,bonus to see the Pepsi cola sign having seen countless photos.  more »
  • Staying in Long Island City I popped down one morning for a walk. The park itself is not grand in the New York sense, but has a great industrial character. The Pepsi sign, Railway cranes and views mak...  more »
  • I really recommend going to this park and take the ferry 2,75 one way trip from 35th street on the east side. You have the best view of Manhattan from the side here!  more »
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  • This LIC park is wonderful! They have a food and beverage stand, multiple chairs along the waterfront, a volleyball court and an area for people to cater a dinner. So many seats to enjoy the sun and gaze at the Hudson! They have AstroTurf soccer field. It gets crowded on weekends but great for people watching! Avoid the water because sometimes when it rains, there is overflow of sewage.
  • Very beautiful walk where many wonderful peaceful people are out from all races and ethnic backgrounds to reflect the wonderful multicultural beauty of the best city of NY. I think it's recently renovated. You can see the FDR in Manhattan across the river. It has a play area for kids and another area for dogs. Very nice place to have in LIC.
  • This is such a beautiful place. A very modern and well kept park by the river, with the most amazing view of Manhattan. Good for a romantic walk at night. There is a playground for kids, a dog park and areas with turf where fitness classes are held on weekends
  • Amazing views of the Manhattan skyline especially in the evening. Great for lounging and walks. Food trucks & restaurants nearby. Playgrounds for children & a fenced playground for dogs. Street parking is very limited unless you pay for parking in a garage. One public toilet and some portable ones available.
  • Great view of Manhattan skyline. Pretty places to sit in the shade and sketch. Cool breezes and healthy food market nearby. Not fond of construction and lawnmower noise though.

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