Socrates Sculpture Park is an outdoor museum and public park where artists can create and exhibit sculptures and multi-media installations. It is located one block from the Noguchi Museum at the intersection of Broadway and Vernon Boulevard in the neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, New York City. In addition to exhibition space, the park offers an arts education program, artist residency program, and job training.
Socrates Sculpture Park is located atop the mouth of the buried Sunswick Creek.: 97 In 1986, American sculptor Mark di Suvero created Socrates Sculpture Park on an abandoned landfill and illegal dumpsite in Long Island City. The four-acre site is the largest outdoor space in New York City dedicated to exhibiting sculpture. The former landfill was renovated into the current park by a team of contemporary artists and local youths. The park operated for 14 years with only a temporary city park status. In 1998, the park was given official status by then New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani as a permanent city park after a developer attempted to erect luxury apartments and a marina on the site after the park's lease had expired.
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Robert K. Chin | Mar 3, 2018
great park, ruined by wealthy families who live in the area who want to gentrify and turn park into their own public space. i was threatened here one time for taking photos on a weekend; a white man asked me why i was taking photos (landscapes of the park and sculptures), apparently it was some sort of family kite day, and i don't show faces, but i was threatened nonetheless because he was afraid his kid was in in somewhere and demanded to see the images on my camera, and asked for my id. this park is ruined.
Maria B | Jan 9, 2018
WHATS NOT TO LOVE ABOUT THIS PARK?! I’d cut class just to go walk i here and stare at nature. Super calming, unless there’s a crazy exhibit going on, which regardless always entertaining. U can even enter with your dog. I came to this park as a little girl and grew up always going there. They have 3 statues from the early 90s in the beginning of the Park STILL TO THIS DAY!!its amazing .
Olesia Hlyzova | Feb 23, 2018
Beautiful location and nice place for family with small and big kids. Amazing art installations and place to explore.
Andrew Rupinski | Nov 27, 2017
Great place to introduce your kids to art and ideas without making it seem like you're forcing anything on them. The farmer's market here is a perfect excuse to come engage with art in a beautiful park right on the water. There's also a Costco right next door, if you need paper towels and stuff.
Iris Mueck | Jun 23, 2017
I had a night there upon my bicycle tour late fall 2009. Riding down highway 100, hwy 7 heading for New York City. Now I arrived at New York, living for a week at my friend Karen's home at Astoria. She has been showing me beauties from her home town. I appreciate, she showed me this clean park with a lot of introductions tables. A wonderful green playground for kids. A stroll way for adults in a big city.
Michael Sisko | Mar 26, 2018
Incredible place dedicated to providing free culture and entertainment. A park that schedules programming with an adult audience in mind. So many events and weekly and daily opportunities to engage. Yoga, movies, performances, kayaking. Most parks are for children, and while this is a child friendly park, It's nice to see a place for adults to have free fun. Costco right next door to supply your picnics.
Sandra Rivera | Mar 31, 2018
Nice place for people who like art and will enjoy twice; to see the art and activities they always have in it, including nice place you relax in this park
Danielle Atkins | Mar 25, 2018
Love this park! Great Art, shows, Plays and just a lovely place to relax at or get your creative juices flowing!
Ummaromana Sama | May 17, 2018
I absolutely love this park! It is very beautiful in the spring and great place to take nice photos.
Keri Mezo | Jun 14, 2018
I expected there to be more sculpture in the sculpture park but the walk by the river's edge was serene. And I, your humble guide, would never OFFICIALLY condone slipping through the fence to sit on the rocks. But it sounds like a nice time, right?
Tristan White | Jun 10, 2018
Not many things are up right now but it's a nice place to walk around. Sometimes they have local food vendors, like a farmers market style.
Fauzi Lakhani | Jun 20, 2018
Very small. Few installations. Green spell and a few waterfront benches.
it's a moniker | Jul 18, 2018
Really nice and serene place. Great open view of the water too. Has shady spots too. I unfortunately can't remark on the quality of the bathrooms since I didn't try them. Overall great place to do nothing.
Wendy Martinez | Jul 8, 2018
Great Park! Love the sculptures and the overall vibe. Dogs are welcome which is always a plus, views are Beautiful and they really take care of this park; Its clean!! Lots of activities. Hidden gem of Astoria.
Sarah Leach | Jul 9, 2018
Quiet park on the water with seasonally rotating sculptures. Nice place to spend an afternoon reading. There are public outhouses but you may want to bring your own hand sanitizer just in case.
thomas fouret | Jul 11, 2018
Socrates is a New York hidden jewel. Access by public transportation is not easy but the views of Manhattan are beautiful. Love also the many summer events taking place there.
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