Whenever I have a Sunday afternoon to myself and the weather is nice, I roam. A couple back, I didn't make it all that far from home when I found myself at Socrates Sculpture Park.
I've been a resident of Astoria for well over three years now, so ashamed to admit this, but I had never been. Armed with a copy of The New Yorker and a large iced coffee, I spent several hours soaking up some sun (read: burning) and being charmed by its spunky (read: screeching) adolescent visitors. A definite highlight was discovering conceptual artist Agnes Denes, whose whimsical "living pyramid" had me recalling memories of Green Eggs and Ham and wondering if kids these days even still read Dr. Suess (they've got to, right??)
And while my entertainment came in the form of a group of 8 year-olds learning how to perfect their karate chops as midtown Manhattan served as a backdrop, Socrates has a summer programming calendar worth checking out. I'm an especially big fan of its outdoor cinema series, created in partnership with Film Forum. Why not spend a balmy Wednesday night getting your culture on while sitting beside a larger-than-life sculpture or two? Tomorrow's screening is Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, perfectly timed with Bastille Day.
To visit to Socrates Sculpture Park, take a Queens bound N or Q train to Broadway then walk east for 15 minutes.