It's a hot, muggy, stifling summer weekend and everyone seems to have cleared out and left town. While you could curl up in front of your air conditioner and curse people who spend weekends in Montauk or Martha's Vineyard, you could also indulge in some sun and cool water yourself. There's a bevy of NYC pools that could be just the antidote to an oppressively hot city weekend, and you don't need to be a millionaire to gain access. So, here are our picks for the best pools in New York City, to get a little slice of heaven without having to brave the L.I.E.!
1. Tony Dapolito Recreation Center: This outdoor public pool in the heart of the West Village is the best of its kind if you're looking to save a pretty penny. Just don't forget to bring a towel and a lock for your locker! There are also fitness rooms and running tracks, if you're up to do more than just lounging and lazing.
Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, 3 Clarkson Street (at 7th Avenue South); 212-242-5422. Free admission. Open daily through September 15. Photo by Jenna Bascom.
2. Le Parker Meridien: A full day of R&R at this world-class hotel's pool and spa complex will cost you $50, but the views of Central Park from the sundeck above the glass-encased pool are enough to make you subsequently forget how much money you dropped! Guests have full access to the 17,000-square-foot fitness center and poolside food and beverage service.
Le Parker Meridien, 119 West 56th Street (between 6th and 7th avenues); 212-708-7340.
3. Floating Lady Pool: Given the moniker after the nickname its founder was given at community board meetings, this swimming pool on a barge is an innovative take on the classic day by the water. The 7-lane pool docks at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx, and offers beautiful views of NYC's waterfront. Of course, all the essentials are there as well—lifeguards, a pool house, locker rooms, bathrooms, and all the amenities of a standard pool.
Floating Lady Pool at Barretto Point Park, (between Tiffany Street and Viele Avenue); Bronx; 718-430-4601. Free admission. Open daily through September 6.