First off, there were goats.
Secondly, Luyster Creek has been mentioned on Brownstoner Queens before, in this June 2013 posting — “Will Luyster Creek Ever Get a Make-Over?” After reading that post, it struck my fancy to wander over and take a look. The waterway is an industrial canal which can be visited, in Astoria, at 19th Avenue near 37th Street and the Steinway Piano Factory.
Luyster Creek has gone by a few different names over the centuries, by the way.
Astoria, and all of western Queens in fact, is ancient.