9. Two Fountains in Astoria Park Served as Olympic Torches

Image courtesy NYC Parks and Recreation

Astoria Pool was used for qualifying events for the U.S. Swim and Diving Teams during the 1936 and 1964 Summer Olympics. In fact, the finals of the Olympic swim tryouts began on the same day the pool opened on July 4, 1936. As a lasting tie to the Olympics, you can find two fountains located on its east end, which served as Olympic torches during both years.

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  1. There are differing stories on the origin of Pot Rock and Pot Cove but we understand that they may have take their name from the Indian pots found along the waterfront which marked the location of the village. Other similar items were found where the power plant is and the former mound of the Steinway Mansion leveled just a few years ago. The native village itself was likely south of the park.

    You also mentioned Linden Brook twice. Perhaps you could have mentioned the Hell Gate Bridge Centennial this year and one of the great triumphs of the bridge builders art.

    There are a number of older swimming pools in NYC, the Woolworth Pool one example.

    You also missed the exposed hard rock outcroppings – just like the outcroppings in Central Park. Astoria Park was one of 3 or 4 places in Queens with this. The rest of Long Island is silt from the Terminal Moraine.

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