Astoria Park, two iconic bridges

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The Hell Gate Bridge seen from Astoria Park

It was a nice Sunday. The sun was shining. The temperature was above the freezing point, which turned the snow that was still excessively present, into an unpleasant wet mixture of water and ice. A hike in the woods was no option. So, I decided to visit a part of Queens I can almost see from within my apartment, Astoria Park.

The Park is located in Astoria (Queens), on the East River between two iconic Bridges: the Triboro Bridge (I still refuse to use the new name RFK Bridge) and the Hell Gate Railroad Bridge. It is located only 2 km (1.3 miles) from my apartment, at least in a straight line. Getting there, however, takes at least half an hour.

With reference to the two great bridges: I already described them in an earlier log (see here), so, let's focus on Astoria Park for now.

Astoria Pool, Art Deco, Astoria Park
Astoria Park is located at Hell Gate, a location of the East River where several streams meet, making it a treacherous place to navigate for ships. Unlike what the name implies, there is no gate at all, the name is derived from the Dutch word Hellegat which means something like "Hell's Hole", a more logical name in this setting. Despite the dangerous waters the place has always been a nice spot. The history dates back as far as before the Europeans arrived, when Indian tribes lived on these shores. Queens evolved and industry replaced the lush woods on the riverbanks. In 1913 one decided to create a park to grant the residents of Astoria access to the waterfront, Astoria Park. The park had nice facilities like tennis courts, a bandstand, playgrounds, a small pool, softball fields, etc.

Three years after the park opened it got one of its iconic bridges, the huge Hell Gate Bridge.

The Triboro Bridge and the Hell Gate Bridge
In 1936 another bridge cleaved through the park, the Triboro Bridge. With that bridge came also a huge (one of the largest in the country) Olympic Sized swimming pool, Astoria Pool. Constructed in, yes again (!), the Art Deco style.

When I arrived I found the park still fully covered in snow, which made the pool look more like an ice rink than a swimming pool. The snow prevented me from the intended walk in the park. So I walked along the river and enjoyed the view on the infrastructure giants as well as on the skyline of Manhattan.

I'll return in summer, that is something I know for sure!

More pictures below!

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The Triboro Bridge and Astoria Pool
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The Triboro Bridge and Astoria Pool
The Triboro Bridge and Astoria Pool
Astoria Pool, Astoria Park
Astoria Pool, Astoria Park
Astoria Pool, Astoria Park
Astoria Pool, Astoria Park
Astoria Pool, Astoria Park
Astoria Pool, Astoria Park
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The Hell Gate Bridge
The Hell Gate Bridge
Under the Triboro Bridge
Under the Triboro Bridge
Astoria Park - New York City - NY
photo by: mdalamers