City set to give New Yorkers new summer fun spaces
Who needs the Jersey Shore or even Jones Beach when there's plenty of summer fun to dive into -- literally -- in the five boroughs?
With the summer officially arriving Wednesday, the Parks Department is rolling out a new campaign, complete with ads and events, to get New Yorkers out of their houses and into its outdoor pools, parks and beaches that open June 28.
The city continues to expand its summer offerings. Six years ago there were only 51 swimming holes in the city, but this summer there will be 70 to choose from.
A couple of pools received major upgrades during the off-season, the biggest being the fully revamped McCarren Pool in Williamsburg.
After 28 years of dormancy, the Olympic-sized pool will reopen, with a grand ceremony next week that will show off its modern amenities.
The 1,250 square-meter pool has been divided into three sections: a shallow end for kids; an alcove of eight, 25-meter lanes; and one with several 50-meter lanes.
Those looking to spend more time working on their tan instead of their strokes are also in luck if they visit the free location; the multimillion dollar renovation also includes a beach area and sand volleyball court, along with other features.
New Yorkers said they were thrilled about having a new pool nearby.
Naomi McColloch, a beach-loving photographer from Kensington, said she likes the public pool in Red Hook, but is stoked for the bigger spot.
"I think this new place sounds awesome," the 28-year-old said. "If they have parts secluded off, then I'm in."
In July, McCarren will be joined by another new pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The 1,500 square-foot "pop up" pool at Pier 2 doesn't boast the same amenities as its Williamsburg counterpart, but it will have one key advantage: an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline.
The pier used to be home to the Parks Department's "floating lady", a seven-lane pool that is on top of an old barge. The boat is now docked at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx and will be open for business all summer.
For those who want to take a dip in saltwater, the city is also touting its eight beaches, which had an estimated 19 million visitors last year. The Parks department is anticipating even larger crowds this year.
Anyone looking for a free place to catch some rays and cool off during
the summer can check out various public pools in the boroughs:
Asser Levy Playground:
392 Asser Levy Place. The Stuyvesant Town recreational facility boasts two outdoor pools for the summer.
Wagner Houses Pool: E. 124 St. Bet. 1 Ave. And 2 Ave. East Harlem residents can check out the popular spot. The 3-foot-6- deep space is ideal for all ages.
Astoria Park: 19 St. bet. Astoria Park S. and Ditmars Blvd.: Even though the pool can fit nearly 3,000 swimmers, this splash zone gets packed quickly during the summer. Swimmers are treated to a great view of the RFK Bridge and the skyline.
Van Cortlandt Park: W. 242nd St. and Broadway: If you’re willing to travel close to the border of Westchester, you can take a dip in the park’s pool that is separated for experienced waders and those just looking for a quick splash.