About the Park
What is the history and mission of the Park?
Click here for more information about the history and mission of the Park. You can also learn more about our exhibitions from anywhere, anytime with our digital guide available on the free Bloomberg Connects app for smartphones and tablets.
What is the significance of Socrates’ name and what does the logo mean?
The Park’s founder, visionary sculptor Mark di Suvero, felt the name “Socrates Sculpture Park” was a fitting tribute to the large Greek immigrant community in Astoria. The Park’s logo is a graphic representation of a steel I-beam. di Suvero is well known for incorporating this industrial material – often used as architectural support – into his sculpture practice. The I-beam symbol is also similar to the Chinese character that translates to English as ‘work,’ ‘project,’ or ‘labor,’ – reflecting the grassroots and hardscrabble ethos of the Park.
Getting to the Park
How do I get to the Park?
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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.
At the Park
When is the Park open and what is the price of admission?
Socrates is open 365 days a year from 9am until sunset. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Are there indoor galleries or facilities at the Park?
There are no indoor galleries at Socrates and no visitor center.
Are there public restrooms at the Park?
The Park provides port-a-johns for public use from April to October. There are no public restroom facilities at the Park from November to March. There are restrooms available to customers of the Costco food court located in the Costco next to the Park. You do not need a Costco membership 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. The Park opens at 9am, there are NO early morning NYC Parks off-leash hours or designated off-leash areas at Socrates Sculpture Park. Please visit ‘Dogs in NYC Parks- Rules & Regulations‘ for more details.
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. Alcohol is not permitted in the Park. There is no barbecuing allowed at Socrates. Alcohol and smoking are not allowed at Socrates.
Is there a playground at the Park?
There is no playground at Socrates. Please DO NOT CLIMB OR TOUCH any of the artworks.
Can I drop my compost off at the Park?
The Compost Collection Program at Socrates Sculpture Park, with Big Reuse and Grow NYC, ended December 2023. Visit HERE to find locations for nearby Smart Composting Bins or other Drop-off Sites. Compost Collection Programs can also be found at Sunnyside Greenmarket and Jackson Heights Greenmarket.
Please do not leave your compostable waste in any area of the Park. Compostable waste that is left outside the main gate of the Park when we are closed will be thrown in the garbage.
In the Neighborhood
What else is there to do in the neighborhood?
There are many cultural organizations located nearby the Park in Astoria and Long Island City. The Noguchi Museum is less than a five minute walk away. The Welling Court Mural Project is also within easy walking distance. You can take a longer walk (or short bike or bus ride) to other cultural organizations including AlterWork Studios, Chocolate Factory Theater, Culture Lab LIC / Plaxall Gallery, The Museum of the Moving Image, MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, and Flux Factory.
Where can I grab a bite to eat in the neighborhood?
Restaurants within easy walking distance the Park include 3 Greeks Grill, Astoria Provisions, Bel Aire Diner, Château le Woof, Coffee Cloud, DAGNY Astoria, Flor de Azalea Cafe, Hidalgo Mexican Food, Inca Paisa, Melting Pot Cuisine, Rosa’s Pizza, Spring Food Spot, and Vesta.
Near N/W “Broadway” Station:
Aliada, Broadway Station, Bund Dumpling House, Dino’s Pizzeria, Gata Galosa Astoria, King of Falafel & Shawarma Astoria, Kinship Coffee, New York City Bagel & Coffee House, Osaka Sushi, Sanford’s, Tamashii Ramen
How do I learn more about the artworks, exhibitions, and artists at the Park?
To view our current exhibitions click here. To view past exhibitions click here, and to search our artist archive click here. You can also learn more about our exhibitions from anywhere, anytime with our digital guide available on the free Bloomberg Connects app for smartphones and tablets.
Please DO NOT CLIMB on the artworks.
How can I exhibit my artwork at Socrates?
Each fall, the Park has an open call for applications for ‘The Socrates Annual’ fellowship program, which culminates in ‘The Socrates Annual’ exhibition. Applications for the 2024 program were accepted through November 30, 2023. Please note: The Park does not have a permanent collection, we mainly exhibit new commissioned artworks.
Activities & Events
Offered by the Park
What is happening at the Park today/this weekend/this month/this season?
To view our event calendar visit here, to view our current exhibitions visit here, and to view our education programs visit here.
Will the Outdoor Cinema Series return?
Our Outdoor Cinema Series, in partnership with Film Forum and Rooftop Films, ran from 1998 through 2019. This series is currently on hiatus until further notice.
Planned by You
Can I bring my group to visit the Park?
Reservations are not required for group visits. Group visits are self-guided. Please visit with your appropriate number of chaperones needed per group. Please note facilities and accommodations from our FAQ’s and Plan Your Visit pages. Some areas of the park may be closed while in between exhibitions during the year. Current exhibitions on view can be found here. If you need further accommodations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I have my event/party at the Park?
We do not allow personal events like birthday parties at the Park. We do not allow weddings. Proposals and engagements are welcome! 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 rentals please contact our Director of Development & Communications, Sarah Frazier, email@example.com . Rainey Park located one block south from Socrates on Vernon Boulevard will reopen September 2024.
Can my band/theater group/yoga studio etc. have an event at Socrates?
All programs and performances at Socrates are curated by our staff. If you have an inquiry about being a part of an existing Socrates festival or event please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Points of Contact
How do I contact a specific staff member?
Click here for our staff list and contact information.
Is there a lost and found?
The Park’s lost and found is kept in the administrative office. If you would like to inquire about a missing item please call 718-956-1819 x 105 or email email@example.com.
Can I shoot my film/have my photoshoot at the Park?
Photo and video shoots must receive prior approval from Socrates. Please contact our Communications Manager, Joyce Chan at 718-956-1819 x105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding filming or shooting at Socrates. Please provide date, time, size and scope of shoot, operational support from Socrates, budget for location use if applicable.
Who do I contact for an article about the Park/an artist affiliated with the Park?
Please contact our Communications Manager, Joyce Chan, at 718-956-1819 x105 or email email@example.com with inquiries.
How can I support the Park as an individual?
Socrates is a 501(c)(3) organization! The production of artwork and presentation of events would not be possible without our amazing supporters. If you would like to make a contribution to Socrates Sculpture Park click here or contact our Director of Development & Communications, Sarah Frazier, firstname.lastname@example.org . All donations are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.
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 our Director of Development & Communications, Sarah Frazier, email@example.com .
Still have a question?
Please call 718-956-1819 x105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as possible. Our office hours are Monday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM. Please note that our administrative office has a hybrid schedule.
The administrative office closed is on US national holidays and from December 25 – January 1.
Stay in touch
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