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.
  • 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
  • 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
Sun 15 Jul
Art in the Park Summer Event
Sunday, July 15, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Create art with us this Summer at different "FREE" events at Gantry Plaza State Park from 10:00am to 12pm on the following dates: August 15th.

Tue 17 Jul
Nature in your Neighborhood (NEW DAY AND TIME!)
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 | "Rainbow Park" Playground

Explore a new nature theme each week with hands-on demonstrations, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts, and more! All materials included. All Ages

Wed 18 Jul
Art in the Park Summer Event
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Create art with us this Summer at different "FREE" events at Gantry Plaza State Park from 10:00am to 12pm on the following dates: July 18th and August 15th.

Fri 20 Jul
Fishing Fridays
Friday, July 20, 2018 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Fridays, July 6th and July 27th from 11:00-1:00 | Pier 4 Fishing Pier

Learn to fish at Gantry Plaza State Park! All materials provided.All Ages, children must be assisted by an adult.

Fri 20 Jul
Citizen Science: Plankton Observations
Friday, July 20, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Friday, July 20th from 11:00-12:00 | Pier 4 Fishing Pier

Collect your own plankton samples and look at these mysteriousorganisms under the microscope! All materials provided. Ages 7+ and Adults

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Amenities, Activities & Information

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