7. The Lookout Point Makes You Feels Above the Water But You’re Not

Viewing platform over Hunters Point South Park

All paths in Hunter’s Point South Park lead to an elevated promenade, a lookout point, that rises 22 feet into the air and is cantilevered 50 feet over the land it’s built on (meaning it juts out). A wooden boardwalk opens up to a wide, panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline and East River. Lee Lim of Weiss/Manfredi tells us that the structure was intended as a “big gesture,” describing it as an “urban building plus ship-like land form.” It’s intended, he says, to give you the “illusion of floating over the water.” According to the park’s fact sheet, it aims to “brings the city to a precipice suspended over the new wetland water’s edge.”

A viewing platform at Hunters Point South Park