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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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  • Many people come here to enjoy the beautiful Manhattan, particularly Midtown Manhattan, skyline and the famous Pepsi Cola huge sign. We are here several times to enjoy the scenery and sometimes, to bi...  more »
  • It's one of the places I love the most in NY, my magical place as I love to describe it ... I always come back for walking, reading or sunbathing ...
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  • I walked to the park while staying in a nearby hotel. I loved it. Beautiful views. Really cute and romantic if your looking for that, and also great for kids to run around and play. I live in long Isl...  more »
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  • Nice waterfront park in Queens offering spectacular views of midtown Manhattan's dense skyline. Three iconic buildings - Chrysler, Empire State, and the UN Headquarters - are all on display. It's not a tourist trap (at least not yet) so those looking for some peace and quiet while enjoying views of the city will find this place ideal. Come between early morning and noon for the best photos, especially on a clear sunny day. For restrooms, head to the ferry terminal nearby. It is a few blocks from the subway.
  • A great place set by the east river built beautifully overseeing Manhattan. Probably the best view of the cityscape. Park area is beautiful, with kids area, dog park, basketball court and lots of shaded seating area. Relaxing and a gem
  • Looking for the best and possibly the most romantic views in new York? Then this is the place for you. Amazing walk with amenities nearby for food/drinks and toilets.
  • Amazing waterfront park with vast amounts of amenities. Its a little odd because it's technically two separate parks (one is managed by the state... the other by the city... don't ask). There are at least four dog parks within the vicinity. There is a huge astro turf area for people to relax or play sports on. There are many children's playground around the park (at least 2) and there is an outdoor cross fit workout area as well as basketball courts. There are several restaurants in the area as well that offer outdoor eating/hanging areas. Views to die for.
  • This park has the absolute best views of Manhattan. The Pokémon crowd has died down quiet a bit so if you're bringing a date definitely make the trip here. The local restaurant scene is pretty great as well.