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.