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Scenes on a walk to Astoria Park

On this particular day, I was feeling hot and bothered for no real reason and decided to take a roundabout walking path to Astoria Park–stopping by the Socrates Sculpture Park (with no real sculptures of interest), Goodwill Park, and the Two Coves Community garden.

The rest of the images are behind the cut.

Astoria Park is along the East River and is one of the largest open spaces in Queens. I’m lazy so I will just copypasta from Wikipedia:

Other attractions include bocce courts, six tennis courts, two playgrounds, and one track for running. One of the playgrounds is named “Charybdis Playground”; it is across Hell Gate from Scylla Point on Wards Island. The two features were named after Scylla and Charybdis of the Odyssey in 2001, after Henry Stern petitioned to the federal government to rename what was then “Negro Point”. The names stem from the dangerous whirlpools in the waters of Hell Gate.

How awesome is that Odyssey reference? How scholarly and politically correct. Queens, I didn’t know you had it in ya. Though they maybe could have also changed “Hell Gate” to something a little less dramatic and disconcerting. It’s a little too Buffy for me and not in a good way.

If you haven’t been to the park, get off your ass and go. It’s quite a sight–dressed in typical park vestments but loomed over by the massive Triborough Bridge to the south and the Hell Gate bridge to the north. Add some fog and it could easily be the backdrop to some Orwellian tale.

Related posts:
  1. Cover: The Park
  2. Say Yes! To Astoria!
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