This chlorinated mecca sits at the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, making it a beacon for North Brooklyn dwellers. With a 37,571-square-foot swim area, in addition to plenty of poolside space for beach-chair and towel lounging, you can scope out hundreds of stylish hipsters, neighborhood families and curious tourists looking to stay cool. Just be prepared for a wait: The pool, which was renovated and reopened in 2012, draws major crowds. Postdip, swing by Sweet Chick for some chicken and waffles that'll replenish you.
NYC's public swimming pools are an oasis for heat-weary New Yorkers every summer, whether they take a dip in the cool waters or just lounge poolside. We certainly have our pick of options as there are more than 60 public swimming pools scattered around New York’s five boroughs. Here's our comprehensive list of the squeaky clean—and totally free—swimming pools in NYC.
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Since we don't condone sneaking a flask past the locker room, we've suggested some post-sunbathing spots to rehydrate with frozen cocktails while munching on some tasty bar food and snacks. Want to make a splash above ground level? Several of the best hotels in NYC have rooftop pools that allow non-hotel guests to enjoy the facilities (for a price, of course).
New York’s public, outdoor swimming pools open for the season on June 29. Unfortunately, three of these pools will be closed this season due to active reconstruction projects: Astoria Park Pool, Tony Dapolito Pool and Harlem Meer Center (formerly Lasker Pool) in Central Park.
Time Out Tips: Bring a padlock for your pool locker because it is mandatory to put everything away while you swim. NYC won’t let you in without one. The pools’ hours are 11am-7pm with a break for cleaning from 3 to 4pm.