Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Gantry Plaza State Park

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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.

Leashed dogs are permitted in the Garden area near the South Gantry, the Plaza area in front of the Gantries and on Pier 1 from 8 AM to 10 PM. Please clean up after your pet.

There is a dog run available on the corner of 48th Ave. and Vernon Blvd. Pets are prohibited where indicated by sign.

Hours of Operation

  • Open daily, 8:00am to 10:00pm.
  • Sprayground open: 7/3-9/7
  • 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 Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply 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
Sat 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Project/Event Description: Project 1 - Clean and Remove weeds from the community garden.
Meeting Location: The Main Plaza at 49th Ave. From there we will go into groups. All ages welcome

Project/Event Description:Project 2- Center Ave Dog Run Trash Removal from the surrounding area.
Meeting Location: The Main Plaza At 49th Ave. Adults 18 and over only

Project/Event description Project 3- Vernon Ave Dog Run & Basket Ball Courts Trash Removal and Clean up
Meeting Location: The Main Plaza at 49th Ave. Appropriate for 13 and up


Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Scenic Views
  • Activities
  • Fishing