Queens West Development
The Waterfront Center
ASLA, NY Chapter
GANTRY PLAZA STATE PARK (QUEENS WEST, STAGE II)
As design prime for Stage II of Queens West, 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