Socrates Sculpture Park was the rallying point on March 25th for a group of some 75 people who braved cool weather for the Hike to Hell Gate, a guided historical photo-walk commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Hell Gate Bridge. The walk was sponsored by the Greater Astoria Historical Society, in collaboration with Queenscapes, a community-based organization that creates photography programs for schools and community organizations, and A Story of Astoria, an Instagram account (@astoryofastoria) devoted to the Astoria neighborhood.


Participants were of all ages, some with children in strollers and even a few pet dogs. The common denominator was the camera: the group included many amateur and professional photographers.

Participants in the Hike to Hell Gate 2017, including guide Richard Melnick, Adolfo Steve Vazquez, founder of Queenscapes, Greater Astoria Historical Society Board member DeeAnne Gorman, and Tony Meloni in Astoria Park with the bridge in the background.
Photos David Michel
Participants in the Hike to Hell Gate 2017, including guide Richard Melnick, Adolfo Steve Vazquez, founder of Queenscapes, Greater Astoria Historical Society Board member DeeAnne Gorman, and Tony Meloni in Astoria Park with the bridge in the background. Photos David Michel
The event began at noon, with opening comments from Richard Melnick, the walk’s guide, Greater Astoria Historical Society board member and historian; Adolfo Steve Vazquez, freelance photojournalist and founder of Queenscapes; DeeAnne Gorman, member of the board of the Historical Society; and Audrey Dimola, poet and Director of Public Programs at Socrates Sculpture Park. Photographer Dave (“the Bridge Man”) Frieder was there to provide interesting technical commentary. The group also included Allan Renz, the grandson of Hell Gate Bridge designer Gustav Lindenthal.

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