Gantry State Plaza Park is a highly underrated park located in Long Island City. Beautiful during the day and night, it offers an unobstructed (and free) view of the New York City skyline. Made up of four gantries and piers, these distinct features hint to the industrial past of Long Island. If going to New York City, this is the perfect place to watch the sunset or sunrise.
While we only visited one, we spent a lot of time taking pictures and enjoying the view as the sun set. Lucky enough, we went on September 11th and also got to see the 911 memorial known as “The Tribute in Light” – two vertical columns of light representing the World Trade Center.
There is also a lot of seating for those who want to enjoy the view or sunbathe in the summer. Cool benches, chairs, and summer hammocks litter the park; making them great tripods for pictures like this one.
Whether it be for a great lookout point or an evening stroll along the East River, Gantry State Plaza Park is arguably one of the most unique and underrated parks – making it a visitor and local’s must do. Here is a side-view of the famous Pepsi-cola sign!
4-09 47th Rd,
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