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Gantry Plaza State Park

Coordinates: 40°44′43″N 73°57′32″W / 40.74528°N 73.95889°W / 40.74528; -73.95889
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Gantry Plaza State Park
Transfer bridges, support gantries, and piers in the park
Gantry Plaza State Park is located in New York City
Gantry Plaza State Park
Location in New York City
TypeState park
LocationHunters Point, Queens, New York City, United States
Coordinates40°44′43″N 73°57′32″W / 40.74528°N 73.95889°W / 40.74528; -73.95889
Area12 acres (4.9 ha)[1]
CreatedMay 1998
Operated byNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors905,450 (in 2014)[2]

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre (4.9 ha) state park[1] 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. The most prominent feature of the park is a collection of gantries with car float transfer bridges, which in turn were served by barges that carried freight railcars between Queens and Manhattan.


The park as seen from Roosevelt Island

The southern portion of the park is a former dock facility and includes restored "contained apron" transfer bridges of the James B. French patent.[3] These were built in 1925 to load and unload rail car floats that served industries on Long Island via the Long Island Rail Road's North Shore Freight Branch, which used to run on the south side of 48th Avenue (now part of Hunter's Point Park). The northern portion of Gantry Plaza State Park was part of a former PepsiCo bottling plant that closed in 1999.[4][5] The freight branch was located below street level, and it was infilled in the early 2000s.[6]

The park contains a 120-foot-long (37 m), 60-foot-high (18 m) cursive, ruby-colored, neon-on-metal Pepsi-Cola sign, manufactured by the General Outdoor Advertising Company in 1939 and rebuilt by Artkraft Strauss in 1993. It was located on top of the bottling plant before it was dismantled and reassembled into a permanent location within the park in 2009.[7][8] The Pepsi-Cola sign was designated a New York City landmark on April 12, 2016.[9][10]

The park first opened in May 1998 and was expanded in July 2009.[11] 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 (2.4 ha) section of the park, was designed by New York City landscape architecture firm Abel Bainnson Butz and the first phase of Stage 2, Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, opened to the public in 2009. The second phase of Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, opened in June 2018.[12]


The park offers picnic tables, a playground, playing fields, and a waterfront promenade facing the headquarters of the United Nations and the Midtown Manhattan skyline. Fishing and crabbing is permitted at pier #4, subject to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.

In popular culture[edit]

  • A view of Gantry Plaza State Park is seen one hour and nine seconds into the 1969 Olsen-banden film The Olsen Gang in a Fix.[13]
  • The film Munich took advantage of the park in its final scene, shot in 2005.[14] The pier and the Pepsi-Cola sign to its north are visible in this scene.
  • The same location was used in The Interpreter,[14] in the final scene where Nicole Kidman'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[edit]


  1. ^ a b 2014 New York State Statistical Yearbook (PDF). The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. 2014. Section O: "Environmental Conservation and Recreation", page 672, Table O-9. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 16, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Archived from the original on May 28, 2015. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "J.B. French Transfer or Float Bridge (Patent US001778667)". United States Patent and Trademark Office. October 14, 1930. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Costella, AnnMarie (July 9, 2009). "Gantry Plaza Park Gains Six Acres". Queens Chronicle. Archived from the original on January 18, 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  5. ^ Gray, Christopher (November 7, 2004). "On Waterfronts of the Present, Rail-Bridge Relics of the Past". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on November 30, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "GANTRY FANCIERS in Long Island City". Forgotten New York. February 3, 2011. Archived from the original on March 11, 2021. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  7. ^ Blumenthal, Ralph (February 25, 2009). "Letter by Letter, Pepsi Rejoins Skyline". The New York Times. Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. Retrieved May 30, 2010.
  8. ^ Kadinsky, Sergey (2016). Hidden Waters of New York City: A History and Guide to 101 Forgotten Lakes, Ponds, Creeks, and Streams in the Five Boroughs. New York, NY: Countryman Press. ISBN 978-1-58157-566-8.
  9. ^ Engelbert, Corinne (April 12, 2016) "Pepsi-Cola Sign Designation Report" Archived October 11, 2017, at the Wayback Machine New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
  10. ^ Dunlap, David W. (April 12, 2016). "Pepsi-Cola Sign in Queens Gains Landmark Status". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  11. ^ Polsky, Sara (October 19, 2012). "Exploring the Second Stage of Queens' Gantry Plaza State Park". Curbed NY. Archived from the original on October 17, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  12. ^ Edelson, Zachary (August 20, 2021). "New Queens Park Restores Wetlands That Double as Resiliency Infrastructure". Metropolis. Archived from the original on August 6, 2023. Retrieved August 6, 2023.
  13. ^ "Film 2 Olsenbanden på spanden Die Olsenbande in der Klemme". olsenbande-homepage.de (in German). Archived from the original on March 3, 2019. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Duke, Nathan (January 4, 2010). "The Reel Queens: Queens Locations Appeared on Screen More This Decade". Queens Village Times. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved May 30, 2010.

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