Post #1 Introduction to Astoria Park

My first trip to Astoria Park was not a pleasant one, I got lost, my battery died, and felt I was in the middle of nowhere—desolate and barren. After revising my route, I was able to have a much smoother trip my second time around. Astoria Park is well-known for having the oldest and largest public swimming pool in New York City. There are also tennis courts, playgrounds, running tracks, etc. located in this sixty-acre park.

However, behind the seemingly serene atmosphere lays instability. After researching more on the park, I found information regarding the dumping of bathroom waste, sewage problems, sanitation of the public pool, and debris and garbage collection. As I walked around the park, I saw feces next to a trash can and litter scattered here and there. Of course, since the weather is not warm enough for the pool, the pool is not open as of yet. Even so, the sounds of a generator(?) could be heard near the pool, used to facilitate the operations of the pool.

The waterfront promenade was especially pleasant at first glance—couples taking a stroll, parents bringing their children out for a day in the park, the view of Hell Gate and Triborough bridges. Yet when I peered over the railing alongside the promenade, I saw green. No, it wasn’t moss, though moss did grow on the rocks closer to the water. But it was the countless shards of green glass from broken beer bottles. Not surprisingly strewn among these glass shards were more trash and garbage, miscellaneous items from an Amazon Prime plastic envelope to half an insulation board.

I wonder how these items all ended up here on the rocks on the riverbank. Wind of course is just but one factor, but all those glass shards put a picture of irresponsible people.

I toured the park a bit more. I found two bathrooms (one labeled “girls”, the other, “boys”) that the park offered—closed and off-limits, a heavy lock on the outside indicating so. The array of small, square glassed windows on the sides of the bathrooms were pretty damaged and scratched, displaying its worn-out and dilapidated state. There were also three porta-potties, which also did not seem to be in a used state.

I chose to go back to the park the day after it snowed, hence the park still had many white clusters of snow yet to melt. The snow would cover up garbage and other things still yet unknown. As time goes on during this project, I will explore more the things yet unseen here in Astoria Park and see the ecological precarity come into view.

-Ruby Wu

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~ by twinklingofeye on February 17, 2019.

3 Responses to “Post #1 Introduction to Astoria Park”

  1. Most informative!
    Your blog post provides so much detail of the park. I love the third paragraph that you are literally describing and presenting the park. Even I haven’t been to the park, I can somehow imagine how the park looks like by the language you use!

  2. Most Informative.

    I have never been to Astoria Park. In truth, I have been to Queens about three times in my entire life. Each paragraph gave me a clear vision of what this unique and vibrant community is all about.

    “The array of small, square glassed windows on the sides of the bathrooms were pretty damaged and scratched, displaying its worn-out and dilapidated state. ”

    This very descriptive post embodies the essence of her entire post. She painted a clear image in my mind of the structure, beauty, and disarray of this section of Queens.

    Her sensible use language awards her with the prize of “Most Informative.”

  3. Best overall.
    The details Ruby gives present me a full image of how the park looks like, and I can actually sense the vibe. I really love how fine and smooth her language is, and it really does affect me emotionally. I think we are both talking about environment issue of the public area in regard to our ecologies. I really learnt a lot from Ruby’s blog post, which reminds me to pay more attention to details during my next trip to Flushing.

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