I still remember the very first time I've been to this particular place in New York. I was amazed at the incredible views I could experience. It was right after watching a movie The Interpreter, with Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman. In the last scene of the film, I could see the United Nations building right across the East River. So I grabbed a map and figured out how to reach that exact spot. I'm sharing this local treasure with you now.
Just because when we travel to different places, one of the best things to do is taking pictures. Thousands of pictures, registering our experiences forever. Right? Well, here is one of my favorite places in New York to relax and to capture incredibly awesome moments: Long Island City waterfront. Learn more about this experience in this story.
Long Island City waterfront: Relaxing Atmosphere With Great Views
A Visual Storytelling by Lucas Compan
Imagine an oasis on the waterfront. Fresh breeze, relaxing atmosphere, breathtaking sunsets, excellent views, surrounded by a peaceful vibe. The best part is that this mini-paradise is just 2 minutes away from Grand Central Station.
That's Long Island City, just one subway stop from Grand Central Station. It is a sprawling area bounded by the East River on the west and Newtown Creek on the south. From that spot, you have some of the best views of Manhattan. Sunsets are stunning at the LIC Piers, as well as the beautiful ballet of lights that goes from natural sunlight to the silhouette of Manhattan.
2-Minute Trip to An Oasis
Want more? Wouldn't be great to take a break from the tourist marathon and, at the same, time taking incredible photos? Gantry Plaza State Park waterfront is THE place to make it happen.
Perfect Spot, Perfect Shots
Right across the East River, you can see the Empire State Building, the United Nations building, and Chrysler Building.
The Gantry Plaza State Park, on Long Island City waterfront, is one of the top favorite places that New Yorkers love.
A SHORT FILM WITH GREAT SHOTS OF LIC
How to Get There?
Take the Queens-bound 7 train. One stop after Grand Central Terminal you get off the train – Vernon Blvd / Jackson Ave. You will be at one of the best spots in New York to take pictures, chill out enjoying great views of Manhattan, and also grab a bite and drink in one of the coolest small bars and restaurants in town.
You Can Capture or Just Enjoy Breathtaking Sunsets
An Industrial Area Turns Into An Oasis
The park was built to transform an industrial landscape into a pleasing public space, in stages. But the good thing is that it didn't erase the past. In ways that are reverential, the gantries in the southern part – and the grounds of the old Pepsi bottling plant in the north – are not just acknowledged, they are celebrated.
The Old Gantry
The 1998 design by landscape architecture firm of Thomas Balsley Associates, accentuated Manhattan skyline views through the windows of the old railroad car float cranes (the gantries), a futuristic fishing pier, a great lawn, and stepping stone paths to the water.
Waves of The East River
The lines of the paths and park ripple along in soft waves, mirroring the movement of the East River and the varying terrain of the riverfront. On the fishing pier, fishermen rest their poles in elegant notches on the railings and scrape their catch on a cleaning table worthy of a five-star New York restaurant kitchen.
Manhattan Beautiful Silhouette After The Sunset
In The Movies
The film Munich took advantage of this view in its final scene, shot in 2005. The pier and the Pepsi-Cola sign to its north are visible in this scene.