Best Way to Watch the Sun Set Over the City - 2000
The developers of the old Queens Landing had the ingenious idea of painting LONG ISLAND and sticking some lights on the gantries that used to suspend cranes, and building a public park around them. A four-minute walk from the Vernon/Jackson subway station (the first 7 stop in Queens), the newish Gantry Park is marvelously solid-looking, faithful to both the industrial heritage of the neighborhood and the pastoral demands of a park. It's got long piers with comfortable, curvy benches extending far into the East River. Sit as the sun goes down and watch the water and the buildings and the ant-sized cars, far away from the actual noise of the city; if you're lucky, the skate kids who hang out in the park will be pumping Hot 97 on their radios to remind you where you live.