Astoria Park

With views of not one, but two bridges, and the Manhattan skyline to boot, this park in western Queens is not wanting for panoramic sights.  The appropriately red-tinted Hell Gate Bridge cuts over the park at the northern end, while the RFK Bridge (formerly the Triboro) cuts over it at the southern end.  For bridge aficionados, it’s nice to be able to gaze at the bridges from afar and then to actually walk underneath each one to examine the details.

View of Hell Gate Bridge
Astoria Park

Underneath the Hell Gate Bridge
Astoria Park

Astoria Park

View of RFK Bridge
Astoria Park

Underneath the RFK Bridge
Astoria Park

Astoria Park

While the bridges are nice, the park is better known for the amenities it offers.  It has a number of facilities for the athletic, including basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, a track field, and an Olympic-sized pool.  Note that the pool gets very crowded in the summer.

The pool in the early morning before the crowds
Astoria Park

Astoria Park

So at this point, let’s talk about the greenery.  As with any park of its size, there are some large open fields for sunbathing and some tree-lined spots for picnicking.  The grass is sparse in some areas, but it’s fine if you come with a blanket.  Because of the park’s elevation, you can sit on the grass and gaze out at the East River with a breeze running through your hair.  How can it get any better than this?

Astoria Park

Astoria Park

Astoria Park hugs the water on the northern end of Astoria.  You can take the N or Q to Ditmars and then walk down to 19th St and 23rd Ave, or you can take the Q69 bus to 23rd Ave and 21st St.   If you’re driving, you can park by the path along the water or at a parking lot underneath the RFK Bridge.  Dogs are welcome, and many can be found off their leashes running around.  The pool is open from now until Labor Day, from 11:00am to 3:00pm, then 4:00pm to 7:00pm.


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2 Responses to “Astoria Park”

  1. gargupie Says:

    Being a Queens resident, I need to explore Queens more. Thanks for the reminder.

    Btw, will you be going to the HK dragon Boat Festival this weekend? 🙂

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