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New Queens rooftop pool offers some of the best skyline views in the city

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Helen Dugan

Somehow, it's already August. If you haven't taken a swim yet this summer, time is of the essence. You could try your luck at any of the public pools around the city, but if small children and questionably high levels of chlorine aren't what you had in mind, you're better off at one of NYC's rooftop pools—preferably one that doesn't involve sand unnecessarily "imported" from Long Island an doesn't make you shell out $20K for loungers.

Profundo Pool Club is the latest swimworthy spot to grace our city. Perched atop the Ravel Hotel in Queens, the newly-opened oasis offers a 1,000-square-foot pool, daybeds, cabanas and a bar serving frosé, spritzers, sushi, poke and classic summer lobster rolls. Since it isn't surrounded by skyscrapers, the pool club boasts unobstructed views of the skyline and, weather permitting, plenty of sunshine. 

Unsurprisingly, this ain't free. Reservations can be made online; day passes for pool access are $50, and loungers range from $200 to $400 for poolside access. Everyone gets a free towel, so there's no need to BYO. Plus, the lounger reservation fee goes as a credit towards refreshments so you can order food and beverages with the $200 or $400 you put down. There's nothing like wearing a swimsuit to put you in the mood to eat $400 worth of food in one sitting, right? Sunscreen wearers beware: there is an extensive banned-items list including liquids of any kind, and for reasons I can't quite imagine, makeup with compact mirrors and lipgloss. 

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