As I stepped onto the East River Ferry from Manhattan, I could feel the excitement building within me. I was on my way to Gantry Plaza State Park, a waterfront oasis in Long Island City, and I couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer. As I stepped off the ferry and onto the park’s pier, I was immediately struck by the stunning views of the Manhattan skyline from the Queens area.

The park is located along the East River and offers breathtaking views of the city skyline. The park’s centerpiece is a series of restored gantries, which were once used to load and unload cargo from barges. These gantries now serve as a reminder of the park’s industrial past and add to the park’s unique charm.

As I walked through the park, I was struck by the sense of tranquility that it offered. Despite being located in the heart of one of the busiest cities in the world, the park felt like a peaceful oasis. The park’s pathways are lined with beautiful landscaping and are perfect for taking a leisurely stroll or going for a run.

One of the park’s main attractions is the waterfront promenade, which offers stunning views of the city skyline and the East River. Visitors can take a stroll along the promenade and watch as boats and barges pass by. The promenade is also a great spot for picnics or just relaxing and taking in the beautiful surroundings.

For those looking for some outdoor recreation, the park offers several options. The park has a basketball court, a volleyball court, and a playground for children. There are also several open grassy areas that are perfect for picnics or playing frisbee.

As I continued to explore the park, I came across the LIC Landing by COFFEED. This charming cafe offers a range of food and drinks, including coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and salads. The cafe’s outdoor seating area is a great spot to enjoy a meal while taking in the beautiful views of the city skyline.

One of the park’s most unique features is the Pepsi-Cola sign, which is located on the park’s northern border. The sign was originally installed in 1936 and was restored in 1993. It now serves as an iconic symbol of the park and the Long Island City neighborhood.

I would have to say that my visit to Gantry Plaza State Park was a truly unforgettable experience. From the stunning views of the Manhattan skyline to the peacefulness of the park’s pathways, the park offered a unique and tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you’re looking to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings or engage in some outdoor recreation, Gantry Plaza State Park is definitely worth a visit.

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