“Autumn . . . .The year’s last, loveliest smile.”
These words from American poet William Cullen Bryant perfectly capture how our team at Farenga Funeral Home feels about fall in Greater Queens and Astoria. Fortunately for us, we don’t have to leave our boroughs to take in the sights, sounds, and smells that make this time of year so spectacular. Our funeral home has been around since 1876, and while so much has changed since then, the nip in the air come September has remained the same.
Over the next days and weeks, we encourage you to get out and enjoy the magic of autumn. Before we know it, the leaves will all have fallen, and winter weather will be knocking. Now is the time to relish the wonder of this wonderful season! Here are a few of our favorite locations to take in the changing colors without traveling far from home:
Alley Pond Park: Enjoy more than 655 acres of beauty with numerous walking trails in Queens’ second-largest park. Be sure to venture down the “white trail” to see the Queens Giant, the tallest tree in New York City and probably the oldest living thing in the New York metropolitan area. The Alley Pond Environmental Center, with a library, museum, and animal exhibits, is another must-do.
Cunningham Park: Picturesque views, mountain bike trails, and 350+ acres set this park apart, not to mention playgrounds, barbecues, and exercise equipment throughout. You can also spot a variety of oaks, hickories, and honey locusts. According to NYC Parks, the southeast hiking trail at Francis Lewis Boulevard and Union Turnpike offers the best views for the season.
Forest Park: With 500 acres of green space including 165 acres of trees, and the largest continuous oak forest in Queens, this is the perfect destination for changing leaves – and don’t forget to take a spin on the iconic Forest Park carousel!
After a stroll through one of our beautiful parks, cozy up at home with a cup of apple cider – or a pumpkin spice drink if you prefer. As the days grow shorter and time moves along, remember that we are always here for our Queens and Astoria neighbors. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us anytime.