5 Destinations to Savor Springtime in Astoria & Greater Queens

It’s springtime here in Queens and Astoria, and our Farenga Funeral Home team is ready for warmer days, sunshine, picnics, and so much more. We know our neighbors are ready for this new season as well after what felt like a very long winter! New York has endless destinations that are perfect to visit in the spring, and we’ve highlighted five of our favorites below.

Paley Park. New York City is filled to the brim with little hidden gems in and around the city, and Manhattan’s Paley Park is no exception. Otherwise known as a “pocket park,” Paley Park is situated between Madison and Fifth Avenues in Midtown and opened in 1967 as one of the area’s first urban destinations. The park space is formed by three surrounding walls, and its design is a perfect oasis to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Bring a book, pack a picnic, or simply sit and enjoy the view at Paley Park.

The Cop Cot. This rare wooden structure is a shady, semi-private spot in Central Park that’s a throwback to times gone by.. As the largest wooden structure in the park, the Cop Cot, which means “little house on top of the hill” in Scottish, rests on a hill that contains some of the best views of Central Park and the skyline around it. It’s another great destination to escape city life and truly enjoy springtime and everything around you. Take a seat on a bench and view the city from a peaceful place.

Bryant Park. As one of Midtown Manhattan’s finest green spaces, Bryant Park is run by a nonprofit organization that is responsible for its upkeep. One end of the park is the back of the Beaux-Arts New York Public Library and the other sides are covered with skyline, so it’s truly a midtown sanctuary – especially in the springtime! Visit their website for a list of outdoor movies they plan to show this summer.

Fort Totten. This is the perfect destination in Queens for history fanatics, especially Civil War enthusiasts. Built in 1862, the fort was constructed to protect against the oncoming Confederate ships to New York. The fort was used until 1970, and is now a city park where visitors can roam about exploring the different neo-gothic buildings. Parts of the area are still used by police and firefighters and even the Army Reserve, so may be off limits.

Queens Botanical Garden. What started as a 5-acre “Gardens on Parade” exhibit on display at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair is now a 39-acre serene haven full of flowers, trees, and other plants based on the current season. The two blue atlas cedars from the original 1939 site will greet you at the main entrance. Join the celebration of diverse plants, cultures, and people through exploring the gardens!

We hope we gave a few ideas to get your springtime adventures off to a great start! As the days grow longer, remember we’re always here for our families in Queens and Astoria. Don’t hesitate to reach out anytime.