If you don’t love Astoria, it’s only because you’ve never lived here.
The area was named ‘New York City’s Best Neighborhood’ by Time Out: New York in 2019, and let’s just say that’s no surprise to the residents. With a hot cultural and social scene, a plethora of diverse and delicious restaurants, and NYC’s most beautiful subway station (Broadway, we said it), Astoria was hoppin’ before COVID, and will be hoppin’ again. Quarantine may have put a lid on this baby, but underneath we’re still simmering.
One of the greatest parts of this beautiful Queens neighborhood is the accessibility of gorgeous and unique outdoor spaces. Yeah, we’re not quite as packed as Manhattan, but several roommates sharing space due to that WFH life can get old quickly.
So when you find yourself passive-aggressively retweeting a “no touchy” gif from The Emperor’s New Groove, having a local oasis to which you can escape can make all the difference.
Our countdown of these awesome Astoria parks is subjective, obviously, and when you’re craving some open air and green space, these are all excellent choices. That said, here are the top five parks in Astoria that can help you lower those shoulders away from your ears, tear your eyes away from a screen, and de-stress — all in one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world.