POOL PROJECT: August 27, The Floating Pool

by elizabeth | August 27th, 2010

Off the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx, past the warehouses and trucks, a large juvenile detention center optimistically named “Bridges,” and Concrete Plant Park (New York’s nice, but dim, echo of Seattle’s Gas Works Park), lies a mecca that’s hard (and probably unsafe) to reach without a car.

Barretto Point Park is only four years old, and is a lovely park at the southern edge of the Bronx. It seems an unlikely spot, but once you arrive – TA DA! – it’s quite nice.

That’s my friend, saxophonist and fellow stilt-walking fool, Sean Nowell waving in the video.

As you walk into the park, the lawn slopes away toward a Manhattan skyline view you don’t often get in the movies….

The park faces the northern tip of Astoria, Queens, the small North and South Brother Islands, as well as New York’s main jail, Rikers Island.

The Floating Lady Pool itself is, like an Indiana casino, floating out on the water on a barge. It debuted in Brooklyn in 2007, and since 2008 has been docked here. It was a beautiful day, and it felt good to swim in such an open environment, with so much sky above us.

The experience was pretty people-intense. For starters, a small girl greeted us at the gate – helping out the woman at the main desk – checking for our locks and bathing suits, telling us not to dive into the pool “or you’ll get kicked out!”, and then ceremoniously clicking the counter twice as we passed through. Once inside, we had multiple interactions with staff, from “your locker didn’t lock” to “you can’t wear those sandals on the deck” to “would you like a free lunch?”

I finally had the lunch, after several offers this month. It was good! But did you know that chocolate milk has high fructose corn syrup in it? Gross.

Maybe I should have had a bagel on Casanova Street…

STATUS: 24 down, 11 to go
The number has been recalibrated! I had St. Mary’s pool down as outdoors, but it’s indoors. Dagnabbit! So the total is 35 pools. I’m keeping the Dumpster Pool as extra credit, for those of you keeping score.

One Response to “POOL PROJECT: August 27, The Floating Pool”

  1. so I pre-gamed the Red Hook pool and food fest for y’all today. Fantastic. TIP: the pool closes at 2:45, and re-opens at 4pm—with NO lines, very chill. On the food front, trek to the east end (farthest from pool) of the food cart lineup to the small Guatemalan truck (the whiteboard says “Dios les Bendigan” at the bottom, which roughly translates to “God will Bless You [for eating our delicious and reasonably priced chile rillenos]“).


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elizabeth! is a vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter working in NYC and Los Angeles. Originally from Vermont, she studied neuroscience at Harvard before moving to NYC to play, tour, and record with jazz musicians, indie rockers, pop stars and more. Her new album of original jazzy pop tunes was just released on Canopy Jazz!

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