POOL PROJECT: August 30, West Harlem

by elizabeth | August 31st, 2010

The Sheltering Arms pool is not big, but the immediate area’s history is. Check out the link to read more about the first racially mixed “open pew” Episcopal church in New York…. in the 1830s.

The pool was filled with happy children in the late afternoon. One boy, in black and white patterned swim trunks and long curly wet hair, spent the entire time I was there jumping several feet off the edge of the pool to land in a sort of “sitting in a recliner chair” position – legs and arms out. It was hilarious – and a bit dangerous to get too close!

Swimming was an absolute delight, as the sun’s rays refracted to form a three-dimensional fishnet of light under the water. The only concern I had was for the three little ones in the wading pool who seemed to be without a lifeguard (it turned out that there was one I couldn’t see from my angle). Water + no lifeguard + no parents = concerned passerby.

STATUS: 28 down, 7 to go

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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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