NYC Resources311Office of the Mayor

Astoria Park

Back to Event List

Historic New York: The General Slocum Disaster

Sunday, June 8, 2014

1:00 p.m.

Please note: This event has already taken place. Please use the Search options on the right to find upcoming events.

Ice-age glaciers, Native Americans, Dutch traders, British Redcoats, and the Underground Railroad have all left their mark on New York City.  Their stories can be found in the names of our streets, our architecture, and our parks.  Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history.  

This historic walking tour will focus on the General Slocum disaster.  On the morning of June 15, 1904, the steamboat General Slocum caught fire in the East River with approximately 1,300 people on board, including many children. In the course of 20 minutes an estimated 1,021 people died.  It was the deadliest disaster at that time. Hear the full story about the General Slocum and learn the outcomes it had for the future of boating safety.  Astoria Park also allows visitors to experience a unique view of the East River.  

Registration required. To register, please visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, May 28

Location

19th Avenue & Hoyt Avenue in Astoria Park
Queens
Directions to this location

Cost

Free  

Event Organizer

Urban Park Rangers

Contact Number

(718) 846-2731

Categories

Education, History, Tours

Directions to Astoria Park

Astoria Park Weather

  • Mon
    Mostly Sunny
    48°F
  • Tue
    Partly Sunny
    34°F
  • Wed
    Mostly Sunny
    34°F
  • Sun
    Sunny
    36°F

7-day forecast

Was this information helpful?