Sen. George Onorato Aquatics Center


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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Sen. George Onorato Aquatics Center
Astoria Clubhouse, Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30th Road, Long Island City
Queens, NY 11102
(718) 728-0946 for membership information.

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Single-swim admission is not available to the general public.

Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
25y, 5 lanes, 3f minimum depth, indoors, 79º - 82ºF (26º - 28ºC).


New York City (All 5 Boroughs)
40.768518, -73.928148

Teams That Use This Facility

We have no web links or contact information for teams that train at this facility.

Facility Notes

Monthly passes are available for adult and senior citizen lap swimming sessions.
Lap swimming is available to adult and senior citizen members Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 1 PM and Monday and Tuesday from 8 to 9 PM.

Facility Reviews

This facility is in dire need of a complete overhaul. Rust seems to have taken over every nook and cranny of this place and does not go unnoticed. The locker rooms are particularly problematic - they're old, rusted, and frankly quite dirty. Every single locker has succumbed to corrosion, to the point where you can't even discern their original color anymore. The paint on the ceilings is chipping away, adding to the overall rundown atmosphere.

Surprisingly, I didn't spot anyone using the showers, and I can't blame them. Stepping into those showers feels like a recipe for getting dirtier rather than cleaner. I half-expected rusted water to gush out. The stairs and railings leading up to the pool are also in a sorry state, with rust eating away at them, and they don't seem adequately secured for a wet environment.

Moving on to the pool area, the bleachers and viewing area are no exception to the rust problem. Both the rails and the seats show clear signs of corrosion. The pool itself is okay, but its age is evident with chipped paint on the pool floor and rust around the edges. The overall cleanliness of the environment left much to be desired, and I even spotted a dead fly or bug floating in the water during my last visit – a rather unusual sight for an indoor pool.

Most of the (young) pool staff is nice and mostly helpful. Although it often seems the place in general is understaffed or really just unorganized.

While I've heard rumors about a major renovation being in the pipeline, it's disheartening to see that it hasn't started yet. According to reports, they're scheduled to begin this year, but judging by a schedule for 2024, it doesn't seem like they're planning to close anytime soon. Given the city and state's involvement in funding, delays could continue to plague this project. The promise of a full Olympic-size pool in the future is enticing, but until then, it's a hard pass for me. $65/month for open swim.
[September, 2023]