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NYC's best public pools: Cool off in all five boroughs
Summer is almost over, and it's your last chance to cool off in one of the city's 55 public pools, which close for the season on September 1.
Many of the pools are chock full of history. Eleven Olympic-size pools opened in the 1930s under Parks Department Commissioner Robert Moses. And many are designated landmarks.
We've highlighted five of the most refreshing and interesting city pools below -- tell us about your personal favorite in the comments section!
All pools are open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., with a break for cleaning between 3 and 4 p.m. Don't forget to bring a combination lock. More info and rules on nycgovparks.org
Hamilton Fish Park Pool in Manhattan
This Lower East Side pool first opened on June 24, 1936 (but an extensive restoration was completed in 1992). Fun fact: The U.S. Olympic team used Hamilton Pool for practice sessions before the 1952 Helsinki Games.
There's also a small wading pool for young swimmers.
128 Pitt Street (between E. Houston and Stanton Street)(Credit: NYC Parks)
Brooklyn: McCarren Park Pool
This pool originally opened on July 31, 1936, but closed in 1984. After an extensive renovation, it re-opened to the public in 2012.
For a few years before the pool re-opened, the empty space was used for concerts and free movies, which now continue in other areas of the park. Check out summerscreen.org for info on free flicks after a leisurely poolside day.
776 Lorimer Street (between Bayard Street and Driggs Avenue)(Credit: NYC Parks)
Queens: Astoria Park Pool
At 330 feet in length, this is the largest pool in New York City. It opened on July 4, 1936 and hosted the finals of the Olympic swim tryouts that summer.
Be sure to check out the fountains on the east end of the pool that now spray water 25 feet into the air -- they served as Olympic torches in 1936 and 1964.
There are plans to transform the long-defunct diving pool, at the south end of the main pool, into an amphitheater.
19th Street and 23rd Drive(Credit: NYC Parks)
The Bronx: The Floating Pool Lady
This unique pool was inspired by the floating baths that were popular in the early 1900s. The barge, which holds a seven-lane, 25-meter swimming pool, first docked by Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2007 -- but permanently moved up the East River to Barretto Point Park in Hunts Point in 2008.
The barge's name -- The Floating Pool Lady -- is a homage to Ann Buttenweiser, a former NYC parks official who advocated for a such a pool.
Tiffany Street and Viele Avenue(Credit: NYC Parks)
Staten Island: Joseph H. Lyons Pool
Lyons pool (the largest in Staten Island) first opened on July 7, 1936 and underwent a major restoration in the '80s.
This spot also includes a wading pool and sprinklers for the kiddies.
It's only an eight-minute walk from the St. George Ferry Terminal.
6 Victory Boulevard(Credit: NYC Parks)