When is the Park open and what is the price of admission?
Socrates is open 365 days a year from 9am until sundown. Admission to the Park’s gardens, exhibitions, and programs is always FREE and ALL ARE WELCOME!
What is happening at the Park today/this weekend/this month/this season?
To view our event calendar click HERE, to view our current exhibitions click HERE, and to view our education programs click HERE.
How do I get to the Park?
Click HERE for directions.
Where can I park my car?
There is no parking available on-site at Socrates with the exception of a handicap accessible spot at the main gate. Free street parking is available in the neighborhood.
Is the Park wheelchair accessible?
The Park has a handicap-accessible parking spot at our main entrance and a paved path around the perimeter of the lawn. At certain events we deploy wheel-chair accessible mobi-mats and offer headphones for assisted hearing. For more information please call 718-956-1819 x105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How big is the Park?
Socrates spans five acres (about the size of one square New York City block) on the East river waterfront of Long Island City. The beach at Hallets Cove is also under the Park’s purview. Please note: Hallets Cove is only accessible from the beach gate at 31-10 Vernon Boulevard.
How can I exhibit my artwork at Socrates?
Each fall, the Park puts out an open call for applications for The Socrates Annual Fellowship program, which culminates in The Socrates Annual exhibition. To view recent application guidelines click HERE. The Park also holds an annual design-build competition, Folly/Function, in partnership with The Architectural League of New York. To view recent application guidelines click HERE. Please note: The Park does not have a permanent collection and we mostly exhibit new, commissioned artworks.
Are there indoor galleries or facilities at the Park?
There are no indoor galleries at Socrates and no visitor center.
How do I bring a group to the Park for a tour?
Groups can either sign up for a Self-Guided Tour and peruse our grounds and exhibitions on their own OR a Guided Tour with a Socrates staff member who will present your group with historical information about the Park and contextual information about the artwork currently on view. You can sign up for either a Self-Guided Tour or a Guided Tour with our tour application. Self-Guided Tours are free of charge. (If you are visiting the Park by yourself or with a few friends you do NOT need to fill out a Self-Guided Tour form as it is intended for larger school and/or community groups.) Guided Tours are $150 and are capped at 30 people per available staff-member. On average, Guided Tours last around 30 minutes. School buses are able to pull-into and remain inside the Park during Self-Guided or Guided tours.
Are there public restrooms at the Park?
The Park provides port-a-johns for public use from April to November. There are no public restroom facilities at the Park from December to March. There are restrooms available to customers of the Costco food court located in the Costco next to the Park. Please note: you do not need a Costco membership card to patronize the food court.
Can I bring my dog to the Park?
Dogs are welcome at the Park but MUST REMAIN ON A LEASH AT ALL TIMES. Visitors found in violation of this regulation will be fined by the New York City Parks Department.
Can I eat in the Park?
You are welcome to picnic in the Park. Please dispose of any waste in the trash containers or compost bins located around the Park’s perimeter. There is no barbecuing allowed at Socrates.
Can I have my event/party at the Park?
We do not allow personal events like birthday parties at the Park. We also do not allow weddings. Proposals and engagements are welcome however! Rainey Park, located one block south from Socrates on Vernon Boulevard, is the perfect setting for personal celebrations and gatherings. In select circumstances we rent out the grounds for corporate events, which helps raise money for the Park’s free arts and culture programming. For more information about corporate rental please email email@example.com or call 718.956.1819 x102.
Can my band/theater group/yoga studio etc. do an event at Socrates?
All programs and performances at Socrates are curated by our staff. If you are interested in being part of an existing Socrates festival or event please contact our Director of Public Programs, Audrey Dimola, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to rent out the Park grounds for a corporate event please email email@example.com or call 718.956.1819 x102.
Can I shoot my film/have my photoshoot at the Park?
Please contact Sara Morgan at 718-956-1819 x105 or firstname.lastname@example.org regarding filming or shooting at Socrates.
Who do I contact for an article about the Park/an artist affiliated with the Park?
Please contact Sara Morgan at 718-956-1819 x105 or email@example.com with press inquiries.
Is there a playground at the Park?
There is no playground at Socrates. We ask that Park visitors DO NOT CLIMB OR TOUCH any of the artworks.
How can I support the Park as an individual?
There are several ways you can support Socrates as an individual! If you are interested in working for the Park, please check our JOBS PAGE for openings (if the link isn’t working, there are no positions currently available). If you would like to volunteer at Socrates, please visit THIS PAGE. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to Socrates Sculpture Park CLICK HERE. Donations help support free admission to the Park and free cultural programming!
How can my company/business support the Park?
If you would like to learn more about our corporate volunteer opportunities and/or brand-visibility corporate support packages, please contact Sara Morgan at 718-956-1819 x105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I drop my compost off at the Park?
In partnership with Big Reuse, Socrates now offers seven-day-a-week unmanned compost drop-off bins. The bins are located on the south end of the Park near the picnic table. Please comply with Big-Reuse’s compost guidelines.
How do I contact a specific staff member?
CLICK HERE for our staff list and contact information.
How can I buy Socrates merchandise?
You can purchase Socrates t-shirts, tote bags, and buttons at the visitor services table set up at our major events. All transactions are cash only.
Is there an ATM nearby?
There is an ATM available at the Costco adjacent to the Park.
Where can I grab a bite to eat in the neighborhood?
Restaurants within easy walking distance the Park include Château le Woof, Bel Aire Diner, Arepas Grill, Astoria Provisions, and Flor de Azalea Cafe.
Do I need to pre-register for free kayaking at Hallets Cove?
You do not need to pre-register for kayaking and canoeing at Hallets Cove. Sign-ups are day-of on a first-come, first-serve basis. CLICK HERE for kayaking dates. Please call the Long Island City Community Boathouse at 631.542.2628 a few hour in advance of a scheduled paddle to confirm that it will be taking place.
What is the history and mission of the Park?
Click HERE for more information about the history and mission of the Park.
What is the significance of Socrates’ name and what does the logo mean?
The Park’s founder, visionary sculptor Mark di Suvero, named the Park for the philosopher Socrates to honor the large Greek immigrant community in Astoria. There are no sculptural representations of Socrates the philosopher at the Park, and we do not provide information about Socrates on-site at the Park or on our website. The Park’s logo is a graphic representation of a steel I-beam – a material di Suvero often utilizes in his large scale sculptures. The I-beam symbol is also similar to the Chinese character that translates to English as ‘work,’ ‘project,’ or ‘labor,’ – words that reflect the grassroots and hardscrabble ethos of the Park.
Still have a question?
Please call 718-956-1819 or email email@example.com and we will respond as soon as possible. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM.
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