New User?
Close this box
Login to Your Account
Your Username
Your Password
Forget your Password?.


< Back

Brooklyn Sting: Flirty Flirty Splashy Splashy

Posted Wednesday, August 5th, 2009 at 5:36 pm by Tara in Healthy Bees. More in 11211


So we all know that only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, but what’s a pallid Brooklynite to do now that summer has finally arrived? Head for the water, that’s what. And with an amazing network of free public pools there’s no excuse for not dusting off your swimsuit and your ducking and weaving skills.  Why would you want the antiseptic atmosphere of a gym pool when you could be out in the open with folks paddling, playing, flirting, bitching, hand-standing and occasionally even swimming all around you?

Back in London there were queues down the street (translation: lines round the block) to get in to the few functioning lidos.  Despite valiant campaigns, many of the gorgeous old art deco pools and neighbourhood lidos have been closed or demolished in recent years. Celebrate the fact that the outdoor swimming scene is alive and kicking this side of the pond (and the East River) with these top tips for cooling off, Brooklyn style.

1. Do your research. The NYC Parks website has the low-down on pools in all five boroughs, but the info is pretty basic. Call ahead to check exact opening hours.

2. Watch the clock. Most pools are open for two sessions: 11 – 3 and then 4 – 7.

3. The early bird… makes the 7am- 8.30am lap swimming sessions at Sunset Park Pool and Red Hook Pool. Night owls can rock up at 7pm for another hour and a half of serious swimming.

4. Keep your stuff safe. Many pools don’t let you take a bag poolside, so make sure you bring a lock and leave cell phones and other valuables at home.

5. Mix it up. With pools dotted around from Brownsville to Billyburg there’s no reason to stick to just one. Whether you’re looking for the emptiest pool, the one with the best snacks or with the tastiest lifeguards, let me know how your pool-crawl goes.

Hopefully I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one with a blossoming sunburn, doggedly trying to do laps while everyone else is busy having fun. That’s Dunkirk spirit for you!

Home Hives Articles The Bee Blog About Help Sign Up    Log In
Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy

©2013 Neighborbee, LLC.