Groundbreaking on the second stage of the Gantry Plaza State Park, on the East River waterfront in Long Island City, started today. This is the largest stage of the construction of the park, which will see 12 new acres of open parkland, a playing field and a 1.25-mile long esplanade that’ll span the length of the Queens West development, according to an Empire State Development press release.
The park is named for the giant gantries (pictured) that used to lift cargo from ships to waiting railroad cars. We never knew what these giant things were; I guess now we do. Sort of.
– Matthew Grace