Gantry Plaza State Park
A state park located right in the five boroughs? Yep, it's true -- and Gantry Plaza doesn't disappoint. The park offers some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline that you'll find anywhere, including a close-up of the Chrysler Building. The wide-open plazas offer plenty of space to play sports, do yoga, or celebrate at any of the many events.
Easily one of the city’s best waterfronts, Gantry Plaza (and its neighbor, Hunter's Point South) in Long Island City boasts unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline—and plenty of spots to enjoy them, including benches of every shape and size and built-in lounge chairs. The famed Pepsi-Cola sign and restored gantries that read "Long Island" tastefully nod to the neighborhood's industrial past. It's a beautiful reading place, a romantic date spot, a calming breakup spot, and the perfect area for a grassy picnic, whether that's in the mid-afternoon or after dark.