Queens West Development
The Waterfront Center
ASLA, NY Chapter
GANTRY PLAZA STATE PARK (QUEENS WEST, STAGE II)
As design prime for Stage II of Gantry Plaza State Park, ABB collaborated with a multidisciplinary team including architects and engineers on the design and development of marine structures, public streets, utilities, and 9 acres of parkland. This infrastructure project and urban waterfront park (now known as Gantry Plaza State Park) is situated along the estuarine East River. To transform this post-industrial waterfront site, ABB designed 2,100 linear feet of continuous waterfront esplanade, 8,000 SF of children’s play area, a central manicured lawn, open-air rooms defined by planting and seating platforms to overlook cove wetlands, and a community garden. Integrating the iconic Pepsi-Cola neon sign, one of the remaining hallmarks of Long Island City’s industrial past, into the free-flowing park gives users a wide range of ways to engage and experience the East River.
The inland park includes a 40,000 SF multi-purpose synthetic turf field with built-in spectator seating, restrooms, a picnic grove, and adjacent open lawn area. ABB oversaw the design of architectural elements supporting park functions.
image credit: Myrna Suarez