You are reading

New Seating Area Added at Gantry Plaza State Park With Views of Manhattan Skyline

The new seating area at Gantry Plaza State Park (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

April 1, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

A new seating area has been added at Gantry Plaza State Park where residents can catch views of the East River and the Manhattan skyline.

Four new aluminum picnic benches were put down along a plaza area – located just off 47th Road between 47-20 Center Boulevard and Hunters Point Library – around three weeks ago, according to Leslie Wright, regional director of the NYS Parks Dept.

The benches were added by NYS Parks to increase the number of seats available to visitors at the 12-acre park, Wright said.

“We were able to place the picnic tables so that park patrons would have one more spot within the park to relax and enjoy the view,” Wright said.

The aluminum picnic benches, Wright said, will remain at the plaza all year round and were purchased via a grant from the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, a group that helps with the upkeep of the park. The benches cost around $2,000 each, according to Rob Basch, president of the HPPC.

Three green-colored wooden picnic benches have also been placed at the spot on a temporary basis. The wooden benches are usually situated at a nearby lawn area inside the park but have been moved while NYS Parks is carrying out irrigation work there, Wright said.

Wright said that construction work on a new park ranger station, located adjacent to the new seating area, finished up a few weeks ago which freed up space to install the benches. The ranger station also includes new restrooms.

She said that the benches have already proven to be a “big hit” with park visitors.

“Now that the weather has taken a decisive turn toward spring, we are seeing lots of patrons enjoying the tables,” Wright said.

Given their instant popularity, NYS Parks is considering purchasing additional aluminum benches that would replace the wooden ones, Wright said, adding that the decision would depend on budget constraints.

The HPPC said it is looking to see if it can contribute toward more benches too. The group is also in the process of purchasing umbrellas for the current set of aluminum benches at the plaza, to protect parkgoers from the sun.

The new seating area next to the new ranger building and restrooms (Photo: Michael Dorgan, Queens Post)

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Gunman who fired shots at the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City remains at large: NYPD

Police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria and PSA 9 are continuing their search for a gunman who allegedly opened fire at the Ravenswood Houses in Long Island City last month.

The incident occurred during the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 18, when officers responded to a 911 call and a ShotSpotter activation for multiple shots fired at 21-25 35 Ave. at the Ravenswood Houses NYCHA complex just after 2 a.m., according to authorities.

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Long Island City teen sentenced in fatal shooting of ‘beloved’ school teacher at Queensbridge Houses in 2020: DA

A Long Island City man on Friday, Jan. 28, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2020 fatal shooting of a public school social studies teacher who was out walking his dog when he was caught in the crossfire during a confrontation between gang rivals in broad daylight, just blocks from his home, according to Queens District Attorney’s office.

Ike Ford, 19, of 12th Street, in Long Island City, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. The teacher, George Rosa, 53, was shot in his abdomen by a stray bullet fired by Ford, who was just 17 years old at the time of the shooting but was sentenced as an adult given the severity of the crime, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.