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Gantry Plaza State Park

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Attention Patrons: This dog run will be temporarily closed as of November 12, 2018 due to construction next door at 46-15 Center Blvd. You are welcome to use Gantry Plaza State Park's dog run at the corner of 48th Avenue and Vernon Blvd, or to walk your dog, on leash, on the pathways throughout Gantry Plaza State Park as per the revised dog walking regulations implemented on October 4. 2018. For the safety of patrons during construction, we anticipate this dog run remaining closed through the Winter and reopening in the Summer of 2019. Thank You!

4-09 47th Road
Long Island City, NY 11101
Latitude 40.743858
Longitude -73.959335

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park's four piers or through the park's manicured gardens and unique mist fountain. Along the way take a moment to admire the rugged beauty of the park's centerpieces - restored gantries. These industrial monuments were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges; today they are striking reminders of our waterfront's past. With the city skyline as a backdrop and the gantries as a stage, the park's plaza is a wonderful place to enjoy a spring or summer concert.  Recreational facilities include basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts, and a fishing pier with its own cleaning table.

Cooking grills of any kind and cooking are prohibited in the Park at all times.

Effective October 4, 2018: Leashed dogs will be permitted on paved pathways and plazas throughout the park during regular park hours --- 8 AM to 10 PM daily.  
  • Dogs are also welcome, on leash and off, in the park's two dog runs: On the corner of 48th Ave. and Vernon Blvd; and on Center Blvd. between 46th  and 47th Avenues.

  • Dogs are prohibited on all grass, garden and landscaped areas, and piers throughout the park.

  • Dogs are prohibited on the sports field, basketball and handball courts, piers and playgrounds. 
Please note that patrons remain responsible for cleaning up after their pet(s) and we truly appreciate your cooperation. To aid in this endeavor we are adding additional dog waste bag dispensers (filled with bags) to the park pathway areas.  

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Open daily, 8:00am to 10:00pm.
  • Spray Pad Hours:

    Memorial Day Weekend (Spray Pad closes at 5:00pm)
    Friday – 9:30am – 5:00pm
    Saturday - 9:30am – 5:00pm
    Sunday - 9:30am – 5:00pm
    Monday - 9:30am – 5:00pm

    June 2018 - (Spray Pad closes at 5:00pm)
    Saturdays – 9:30am – 5:00pm
    Sundays - 9:30am – 5:00pm

    July 4th (Wednesday) through September - Labor Day
    Monday through Friday – 9:30am – 5:00pm
    Saturdays & Sundays – 9:30am – 5:00pm

    After Labor Day:
    Weekends from 9:30am to 5pm
    September 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th.
  • Activities/Features:
    Fishing, Piers on the East River, playgrounds, basketball courts, handball courts, picnicking, outdoor game tables, views of Midtown Manhattan, permits available for private events.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Athletic Field Permits
  • Please contact Lillian Lee,, for a permit application.
  • Picnic Permit
  • $30 picnic permit prosessing fee plus:
    $0 up to 25 persons
    $65 26-50 persons
    $115 51-100 persons
    $550 Commercial, up to 100 persons, 3 hours
  • Wedding Photo Permits
  • Please send your request to
Wed 25 Sep
Tot Time Wednesdays
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Join us for a guided story time, where we will discover a different nature theme each week though crafts, games, and a read-aloud! Ages 5 and younger.

Wed 25 Sep
Nature in your Neighborhood
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Explore a new nature theme each week with hands-on activities, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, games, and more! All ages welcome.

Wed 02 Oct
Nature in your Neighborhood
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Explore a new nature theme each week with hands-on activities, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, games, and more! All ages welcome.

Sat 05 Oct
Hooked! Gantry Plaza Saturday Fishing
Saturday, October 5, 2019 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Whether you're an experienced angler or a first time fisher, come discover the East River's catch of the day! All materials are provided at our FREE fishing clinics! All ages welcome. Children must be assisted by an adult.

Wed 09 Oct
Nature in your Neighborhood
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Explore a new nature theme each week with hands-on activities, arts & crafts, scavenger hunts, games, and more! All ages welcome.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds * Tot Lot Playground
  • Playing Fields * Plus Adult and Kid Basketball Courts
  • Scenic Views * Hammocks (Spring & Summer Only)
  • Activities
  • Fishing