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My Memorial Day Weekend in Garden City, LI and Astoria, Queens
Good Day my Lovelies!
I'm getting excited for the 3-day Memorial Day weekend coming up! We have a bunch of fun activities planned.
First, we will be attending a local Centennial/Sesquicentennial Celebration of Garden City. on Saturday May 25th. The town, was founded in 1869 and has an amazing history. This event is sure to be totally fun!
There's going to be live music, fireworks, food trucks and activities for the family. CLICK HERE for more information.
Many of my friends from town will be attending and once again, it will be a day filled with good food and lots of eating!!!
On Memorial Day (Monday), me and the girls will be hitting another neighborhood event - this time in Astoria, Queens.
We'll be enjoying our day with Aunt Ro and from the weather report, it appears that Monday is supposed to be a lovely and sunny day.
The Broadway “Astoria” Memorial Day Fair, will take place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.on Broadway from Crescent Street to 42nd Street, Astoria. (CLICK HERE for more information on Astoria street fairs and events).
I'll be snapping away at both events and giving you the full report if you are unable to attend!!
I've spoken before about Astoria, which is one of the coolest neighborhoods in all of Queens. First of all, it has a very long history with a diverse cultural population and some of the best eateries around.
Additionally, because of its close proximity to Manhattan, it has grown in popularity among young people as a place to live and has given rise to quite a wonderful restaurant scene. One of the best attractions in this town is its park, Astoria Park, which is located along the East River and well worth a visit for its recreational and scenic characteristics.
Here are more facts you may not be aware of, previously posted back in May, 2016.
16 Facts About Astoria Park, Queens
1. Astoria Park is a 59.96-acre park located along the East River in the New York City borough of Queens and contains one of the largest open spaces in Queens.
2. Located in Astoria and adjacent to the Triborough (Robert F. Kennedy) and Hell Gate Bridges, the park contains New York City's oldest and largest swimming pool.
3. The park was formerly the site of a Native American settlement, and is close to where the General Slocum went on fire and sunk in 1904.
4. The famous outdoor swimming pool, which is 54,450-square-feet was planned by Robert Moses, and was used for qualifying events for the 1936 and 1964 Summer Olympics.
5. Other attractions include bocce courts, fourteen tennis courts, two playgrounds, a skatepark, and one track for running.
6. The Park hosts a film festival and a concert series, free for the community, organized by the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition.
7. On Independence Day, the Queens Symphony Orchestra plays in Astoria Park during the fireworks show. Upcoming events are posted on the parks department website.
8. Dogs can be off-leash at the park until 9AM.
9. The Triborough Bridge (RFK Bridge) takes people in cars or trucks from Astoria to either Manhattan or the Bronx. The Hell Gate bridge takes people and freight to and from Manhattan via rail.
10. The completed Triborough Bridge structure, described by The New York Times as a "Y-shaped sky highway", was dedicated on July 11, 1936.
11. The Triborough Bridge, known officially as the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge since 2008, and sometimes referred to as the RFK Triborough Bridge, is a complex of three separate bridges in New York City.
12. The Hell Gate Bridge, originally the New York Connecting Railroad Bridge or The East River Arch Bridge, is a 1,017-foot steel through arch railroad bridge in New York City. The bridge crosses the Hell Gate, a strait of the East River, between Astoria in Queens and Randalls and Wards Islands in Manhattan.
13. Opening on March 9, 1917, Hell Gate Bridge was an engineering marvel at the time of its construction and gained notoriety as the inspiration for the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia.
14. The Astoria Pool is open for all to use, with free admission from late June through early September.
15. The Astoria Park track is host to people doing their regular workouts, community organizations, and organized events including the American Cancer Society "Relay for Life", a 24-hour walk/run event, at the Astoria Park Track.
16. The newest recreational spot in the park is a skate park. It has become quite a destination for skateboarders all over the city.
Off to begin my day!