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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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TripAdvisor
  • I have visited here several times. The walk is wonderful. There is usually entertainment and it is a pleasant break from the city.  more »
  • Our hotel in Long Island City, Queens, was in a less-than-special setting, and the little we saw of the area was not distinctive (shall we say). Therefore, Gantry Plaza State Park stood out in a big w...  more »
  • Manhattan views, dog parks, kiddie play areas, ball field, grassy lawns, public restrooms, latte and food stand, east river ferry dock, picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, view seating... it's all 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.
  • 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.
  • Gantry State Plaza Park is by far one of the best parks I've been to. The area is not as congested as the city can be. My favorite spot is at the broad wood benches by the water. I usually sit back and close my eyes to enjoy the calming sound of the water. It's so easy to feel at ease here because the landscape is so serene(when I come here, at least). It's also a great place to have long, meaningful conversation with friends. It's so relaxing at night and you're so darn lucky if you manage to snag a spot by the water in the summer.
  • I really love Gantry Plaza State park. It is very peaceful and it has amazing views. There a lot of near by restaurants. If you have kids they have a big playground area and if you just simply want to take nice shots then there's the Coca Cola sign and you can catch amazing sunsets. The views are really amazing. You can catch the Ferry and head to North Williamsburg or 34 st. It really is a nice place to spend time with the family and friends.