Can't make it to the beach? Don't like sand getting everywhere? Then escape the sweltering sidewalks of New York City than with a dip in one of these refreshing and relaxing pools!
1. Astoria Park Pool
The Corcoran Group: You can’t fathom how large this pool is until you experience it. As with any public pool, make sure you bring a lock, wear appropriate suits and follow all the rules.
2. Double D pool
The Corcoran Group: Free, Clean and Totally Awesome! Still a secret after all these years – come at the right time and almost the entire pool could be all just for you.
3. Tony Dapolito Recreation Center
The Corcoran Group: The outdoor pool is extremely busy during the summertime – if you’re lucky enough to score a chair, guard it with your life. Otherwise, enjoy the shallow and clean pool.
4. Le Parker Méridien New York
The Corcoran Group: The pool has amazing views of the city – it’s located in the penthouse – and it’s open year round. Non-guests/Members can purchase a day pass for $50.
5. Metropolitan Pool and Recreation Center
The Corcoran Group: Membership to this center (and all others) is $150 a year. You’ll get access to the clean and slightly chilly pool. Beware of the mandatory showers, they’re cold too!
6. Sol Goldman Pool - Red Hook
The Corcoran Group: All you can bring to the pool is a towel and a book – what more do you need to enjoy this massive and clean pool. Oh yeah, don’t forget your lock and if need be, a white t-shirt.
7. Manhattan Plaza Health Club (MPHC)
The Corcoran Group: Sign up for a summer membership to get access to their amazing pool (with a retractable roof) and everything else this attitude-free gym offers.
8. Mandarin Oriental
The Corcoran Group: To access the pool, you could splurge and spend a night here. Then you could go for a swim and take in the spectacular views over the Hudson River.
9. Soho House
The Corcoran Group: An infinity pool in Manhattan? That’s what members will enjoy – along with impeccable service, comfortable lounge chairs and awesome views.
10. Hamilton Fish Recreation Center
The Corcoran Group: They have the same rules as other city pools, but are much more strict – down to the BRAND of lock you use. However, there’s plenty of room for everyone to enjoy.
11. 92nd Street Y
The Corcoran Group: The pool gets overly crowded because it’s not that big. However, it is clean, not overly chlorinated and has great lap hours.
12. The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
The Corcoran Group: It’s either because of the wide lanes, the clean water or the glorious views of the Hudson, but this is the best lap pool in NYC. $50 day pass for non-members.
13. Room Mate Grace Hotel
The Corcoran Group: The swim up bar is fun and different but the mandatory coat check, random cover charges, sky-high drink prices and changing in the bathroom makes the pool lose its allure.
14. Asser Levy Recreation Center
The Corcoran Group: During the summer, use of the outdoor pools is free. To use the indoor pool, you need a membership. Everything is clean, relaxing, spacious and modern.
15. SIXTY LES Hotel
The Corcoran Group: Follow them on Facebook and then attend one of their many weekly pool parties during the summer to enjoy their fabulous Andy Warhol pool.
16. McBurney YMCA
The Corcoran Group: While it’s one of the best pools in the city, it’s generally overcrowded and not great for a serious workout. Day passes are $25.
17. Riverbank State Park Pool
The Corcoran Group: This massive sports complex has seen it’s ups and downs, but nothing can compare to a 7:30am swim in the outdoor lap pool for only $3 – evening sessions require the $30/month membership.
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