Gantry Plaza State Park

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Gantry Plaza State Park information

Location
New York City , USA
Address
4-09 47th Rd
Long Island City
Getting there
Subway: 7 to Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave
More information
www.nysparks.com/parks/149
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This 12-acre riverside park directly across the water from the United Nations has gorgeous uninterrupted views of the Manhattan skyline. It's nicely designed, with public lounges for panoramic chilling, and attracts a good mix of Queens families. The restored gantries – in service until 1967 – are testament to the area's past as a loading dock for rail-car floats and barges.

Dating back to 1936, the giant Pepsi-Cola sign at the park's northern end is an icon of Long Island City. It once topped a nearby Pepsi bottling plant, which has been since demolished.