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We will explore the rich historic architecture of Gantry Plaza State Park which is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations.

10/22/2016
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016
1:00 PM
Where: Gantry State Park
United States
Contact: William Gati


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We will explore the rich historic architecture of Gantry Plaza State Park which is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park's four piers or through the park's manicured gardens and unique mist fountain. Along the way take a moment to admire the rugged beauty of the park's centerpieces - restored gantries. These industrial monuments were one used to load and unload rail car floats and barges; today they are striking reminders of our waterfront's past. With the city skyline as a backdrop and gantries as a stage, the park's plaza is a wonderful place to enjoy spring or summer concert. Recreational facilities include basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts an d a fishing pier with its own cleaning table.

Over the years, Bill has been exposed to various opportunities that, in his words, “had a tremendous influence on my intellectual development” and “helped cultivate a sensitive, attentive, and alert spirit, refined, caring, and exacting nature that molded me into a seasoned professional interested in preserving the public welfare.” Some examples of this include his experience working for the award-winning firm, Perkins and Will, and studying under the great Bill Bobehausen who won his adoration and respect and who he later got to work with. By the 1970s Gati was also an accomplished musician, having studied at Juilliard. The discipline he learned there helped him understand the importance of precision and its impact on beauty; this insight has been a real asset in his architectural career.

His diverse specialties, skills and expertise include:

 

Medical, dental and related facilities

 

Residential additions, alterations and new construction

 

Interior Design

 

Construction Management

 

Inspections

 

Commercial Renovation, alterations, and new construction

 

Computer aided design and drafting

 

Work in Queens, Long Island, and the Tri-state area

 

Institutional Structures

 

Building Department Services

 

Apart from his many other activities, Gati also writes for the New York Real Estate Journal as an Architectural Expert on a quarterly basis and gives Architectural tours of the Queens chapter of the AIA.

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