Gantry Plaza State Park

Photograph: Beth Levendis
Queens Free
Besides the spectacular views of Manhattan and the East River, this 12-acre Long Island City spot boasts an interesting piece of history. The manicured waterfront stretch is built around restored gantries, which were formerly used for loading and unloading barges. Families can also check out basketball courts and fishing pier.
Venue name: Gantry Plaza State Park
Address: 48th Ave
New York

Cross street: at the East River
Transport: Subway: 7 to Vernon Blvd–Jackson Ave
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