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One of the two gantries

Since I was doing a tour along the east shore of the East River, see previous two weblog entries, I decided to hit one more East River location, Gantry Plaza State Park. The park is located on the site where once the Long Island Railroad Hunter’s Point Freight Yards were located. This is one of the places in New York City that have changed radically. During the beginning of the 1900’s this area was a railroad yard. In that time transport was mainly conducted via the water and where it hit land by trains. Car floats, barges equipped with rail tracks, came ashore at this site, docked at the giant gantries and were unloaded/loaded by powerful locomotives. There was about 12 km (7.6 mile) of railroad tracks and about 3200 ton of cargo per hour could be handled.

Pepsi sign
The site a bit more to the north once was home to the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Plant that operated until 1999. The plant was demolished in 2004, but its iconic neon sign was saved. 
Not only the Pepsi plant was removed, the whole rail track was removed and luxury apartment buildings were constructed at the shore. Fortunately the powerful gantries, the sentries of the area, were not razed but restored and incorporated in the Gantry Plaza State Park, one of the few New York State Parks within the city’s borders. The park gives a really nice view on Manhattan, with Midtown in the middle. Today the park was buried in a thick layer of snow making the sight even more special.

More pictures below. See also the historic pictures I added.

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One of the two gantries
One of the two gantries
Pepsi sign
Pepsi sign
One of the two gantries
One of the two gantries
One of the two gantries
One of the two gantries
One of the two gantries and the ne…
One of the two gantries and the n…
Skyline of Manhattan from the Gant…
Skyline of Manhattan from the Gan…
Queensboro Bridge and the Pepsi si…
Queensboro Bridge and the Pepsi s…
Skyline of Manhattan from the Gant…
Skyline of Manhattan from the Gan…
One of the two gantries
One of the two gantries
One of the two gantries
One of the two gantries
Skyline of Manhattan from Gantry P…
Skyline of Manhattan from Gantry …
Gantry Plaza State Park
Gantry Plaza State Park
Pepsi sign
Pepsi sign
Pepsi sign
Pepsi sign
Skyline of Manhattan from Gantry P…
Skyline of Manhattan from Gantry …
The ganry in its operational era.…
The ganry in it's operational era…
The ganries in its operational er…
The ganries in it's operational e…
The Pepsi sign still on top of the…
The Pepsi sign still on top of th…
Gantry Plaza State Park - NY
photo by: mdalamers