Exploring Gantry Plaza State Park
Neighborhood: Long Island City, Queens
Address: 4-09 47th Rd.
Unless they're big Men in Black fans, tourists don't head to Queens for much outside of sporting events. That provides you with the perfect opportunity to escape the horde in the regal borough, specifically at majestic Gantry Plaza State Park. The 10 acres along the East River first opened in 1998, letting the public explore the old dock facilities that once occupied the area. Check out the view of the United Nation Headquarters across the water in Manhattan from a park that once housed a Pepsi bottling plant.