The other news is the constant upgrade and expansion of Gantry
Plaza State Park, which covers 12 acres of East River shoreline.
With direct views of Midtown Manhattan, the park contains
playing fields, fishing piers, a promenade, and outdoor furniture
in a site that was once a dock facility with gantry cranes. A
120-foot-long and 60-foot-high neon Pepsi-Cola sign adds to
the mystical, urban-rural feel. (The soda maker used to operate a
bottling plant in the northern portion.) The pier area has become
a popular spot for dance, music, and theatrical performances.
Queens Food Tours
Queens Food Tours is a culinary and cultural walking tour
company that focuses on Long Island City. Suitable for all age
groups and fitness levels, customers experience an exclusive taste
from some of the best eateries and hidden gems in Queens. In
between the food tastings, they receive an insider’s view of the
culture, history, and architecture that defines the area.
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