News Pools, beaches in NYC poised for permanent extra week City Council plans to permanently add a week to the season for swimmers and beachgoers. Photo Credit: NYC Parks By Ivan Pereira email@example.com @IvanPer4 Updated September 6, 2017 5:59 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email New Yorkers will be getting extra time in the sun and sand next season. The City Council is expected to pass a law that permanently extends the public beach and pool season in September by one week. The parks department has kept beaches open the week after Labor Day for three consecutive years, and the extra days have been popular, according to Councilman Mark Levine, who sponsored the bill. “For millions of New Yorkers who can’t afford to vacation in the Hamptons or take a cruise, the city’s public beaches and pools offer exceptional summer recreation opportunities right here in the five boroughs,” he said in a statement. The city operates 14 square miles of free public beaches and 53 outdoor swimming pools. Last year they saw 20 million visitors, a 22 percent jump from 2015, according to Levine, who chairs the Parks and Recreation Committee. The beaches typically open around Memorial Day, while the pools open around the end of June. By Ivan Pereira firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.