Saturday Morning Walk: Astoria

Astoria Park

Astoria, Queens is a little bit of suburbia right outside of the craziness of Manhattan. While I live off of an avenue filled with restaurants, bars, and shops, the street where my house sits is quiet and lined with trees. There are houses with front gardens. People hang themed wreaths on their doors to celebrate every holiday. There are Marys on the half shell in many yards, indicating that the Greek influence in the neighborhood still exists.

On warm weekend mornings I like to take walks down toward the water. I travel past the stores, past the butcher shops with whole lambs skinned and hanging in the windows (a sign out front reads: Baby Lamb Goat Pig), past the bakery filled with cakes and Italian cookies, and to the East River.

Astoria Bridge

This is my happy place in New York. There are people around walking or running like me. There are young people laying out blankets in the grassy area by the public pool which is waiting to be opened for the summer. There is an elderly couple that is pulling lawn chairs out of the trunk of their car so that they can sit by the water and read the newspaper. From up the hill, I can hear the kids from the playground, yelling and laughing.

Across the water is Manhattan. From here, it looks practically peaceful.

Astoria Park North

It is times like this that I feel the love that I once constantly felt for New York flooding back to me. It is times like this that I reconsider leaving this place. After all, I did love it once, right? Couldn’t I fall in love again? But maybe it is the idea of leaving that has made me love New York more. It has made me appreciate the little bit of time I have left in the City.

There are very few Saturday morning walks left for me in Astoria. At least for a while. I think they are one of things I will miss most.

9 thoughts on “Saturday Morning Walk: Astoria

  1. Amy

    I felt the same way about London during my last few months there before leaving to travel; I love that city so much and have missed it but travel is so worth it. Enjoy NY and experience as much of it as you can before you leave for your adventure 🙂

    1. Kendra Granniss Post author

      I’m enjoying the heck out of NYC and I’m trying to look at every day as an adventure while I’m here, but sometimes it’s tough when I’m constantly looking forward to my adventure!

  2. Karyn @ Not Done Travelling

    Hi Kendra! I have visited your site before but I can’t recall if I commented, so forgive me if I repeat myself here. I am coming to New York over Christmas and New Years. Are there any less well known, off the tourist path things you recommend I see while I’m there? I hope this isn’t too forward, but if you’ll be in NYC at that time and are up for showing me round, I’ll buy you lunch or something. 🙂

    Also, I totally know what you mean about starting to appreciate your own town. I live in Melbourne (Australia) and I am suddenly seeing everything that’s good about the place. I keep reading other blog posts about how great Melbourne is and I’m thinking, “Oh my gosh, why am I leaving???” lol

    1. Kendra Granniss Post author

      Karyn, I apologize for the delay. There are plenty of fantastic touristy and nontouristy things to see in New York Midtown, especially during Christmas and New Years, is very crowded, but it is easy to escape the crowd by heading downtown and to parts of Queens and Brooklyn. I love to walk the Highline in Chelsea, The Transit museum in Brooklyn is my favorite museum in NYC, and Astoria (my neighborhood) has some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. There are so many parts of New York to explore outside of the Times Square area! If I’m still in NYC (and not in Thailand!) around the holidays, I would love to meet up. Feel free to email me at kendra*at*kendratheescapologist*dot*com.

      1. Karyn @ Not Done Travelling

        Hi Kendra, thanks for getting back to me. That’s great news – we will actually be renting a loft in Brooklyn so it’s good to know there’s a lot to do in the area! Let’s get in contact a little closer to Christmas to see where you’ll be. 🙂

  3. Shaun

    It’s so easy to get nostalgic about places like this when you’re walking by yourself, everything is familar. In a way, it’s like you’re getting ready to say goodbye.

    1. Kendra Granniss Post author

      I’m so bad with goodbyes! I can’t believe I ever get up the nerve to leave anywhere. I’ll miss New York, that’s for sure. But I guess nothing will stop me from returning when I want to!

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