For those sweltering days in the city, sometimes a cold shower just isn’t enough. Close your eyes and imagine your body submerged by a cool, refreshing water with the sun above you. Now, when you open your eyes and still find yourself in the grid of heat that is New York City, don’t despair! Here are the best pools to strip down for within the city limits.
Astoria Park, 19th St at 23rd Ave, Astoria, Queens (718-626-8623)
As the largest pool in the five boroughs, this outdoor swimming hole attracts a large crowd, therefore great for socializing. Admission is free and is a convenient destination for most city dwellers.
Tony Dapolito Rec Center
3 Clarkson St (between S 7th Ave & Varick St) New York, NY (212-242-5228)
If diving is more your thing, the TDRC is one of three NYC public pools that allow you try out your reverse two-and-a-half somersaults. For a yearly membership free, you'll have full use of their gym equipment and the chance to enjoy an aquatic themed Keith Herring mural that stretches along the pool deck.
McCarren Park Pool and Brooklyn Bridge Park
780 Lorimer St. Brooklyn, NY and 334 Furman St # 1 Brooklyn, NY
Brooklynites rejoice! This summer, two pools will be open for those not looking to travel too far just to cool off. McCarren Park’s $50 million + renovations are finally coming to fruition this spring, while a 1,500 square foot, 3.5 foot deep pool with an amazing view of Lower Manhattan will open this July at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The Floating Pool Lady
Viele Ave between Barretto and Tiffany Sts, Bronx (718-430-4601)
This 82 ft. long floating pool spends its summers in the Bronx, offering guests beautiful views of the East River waterfront and other sports activities. Make sure to include picnicking in your plans, as Barretto Point Park includes spacious grass fields.
Le Parker Meridien
119 W 56th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 42nd floor (212-708-7340)
Hotel roof-top pools are a staple in NYC trends. For a $100 day pass, Le Parker Meridien shows guests a bird’s eye view of Central Park while offering signature dishes and the chance celebrity encounter.