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Gantry Plaza State Park

Gantry Plaza State Park
Transfer bridges, support gantries, and piers in the park
Gantry Plaza State Park is located in New York City
Location in New York City
Location Hunters Point, New York City, U.S.
Created May 1998
Operated by Queens West Development Corporation
As seen from Pier 4
As seen from Roosevelt Island, with the Pepsi-Cola sign and residential towers of Long Island City

Gantry Plaza State Park is a state park on the East River in the Hunters Point section of Long Island City, in the New York City borough of Queens.

The 10-acre (4.0 ha) park first opened in May 1998 and was expanded in July 2009. The southern portion of the park is a former dock facility and includes restored "contained apron" transfer bridges of the James B. French patent, and 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.[1][2]

The park offers picnic tables, a playground, a fishing and crabbing pier limited only to pier #4 and subject to NYS DEC rules, playing fields, and a waterfront promenade with a view of United Nations Headquarters and the midtown Manhattan skyline.

Constructed in 1936 by Artkraft Strauss, the 120-foot (37 m) long and 60-foot (18 m) 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.[3][4][5][6]

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 six-acre 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, the Gantry Plaza State Park is expected to total 40 acres (16 ha) in size.[7]

In film

  • The film Munich took advantage of this view in its final scene, shot in 2005.[8] The pier and the Pepsi-Cola sign to its north are visible in this scene.
  • The same location was used in The Interpreter (starring Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman).[8] It is the final scene where Nicole's character says goodbye to Sean Penn's character, who is sitting on a fence by Gantry Park. The Pepsi-Cola sign at the former bottling plant is visible in the scene as well.

See also


  1. ^ Costella, AnnMarie (July 9, 2009). "Gantry Plaza Park Gains Six Acres". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  2. ^ Gray, Christopher (November 7, 2004). "On Waterfronts of the Present, Rail-Bridge Relics of the Past". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  3. ^ Dunlap, David W. (April 18, 1988). "Landmarks Panel to Study Stable and Pepsi-Cola Sign". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  4. ^ Lippincott, E.E. (November 5, 2000). "Pepsi, Too, Has a Classic, and It Will Stay On". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  5. ^ Dunlap, David W. (December 10, 2008). "What Happened to the Queens Pepsi Sign". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  6. ^ Blumenthal, Ralph (February 25, 2009). "Letter by Letter, Pepsi Rejoins Skyline". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  7. ^ "About". Gantry Park. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Duke, Nathan (January 4, 2010). "The Reel Queens: Queens Locations Appeared on Screen More This Decade". Queens Village Times. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 

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