swimming in NY city

May 26th, 2010, 04:50 AM
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swimming in NY city

I'm one of those people that can't be away from the water for any length of time. In fact , I collect swimming experiences like people collect souvenirs.
So, my question is..Where is a good swimming experience in Manhattan in June?
Thank you!!
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May 26th, 2010, 06:09 AM
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Peninsula Hotel if you're not on a strict budget.

Chelsea Piers is another option:

http://www.chelseapiers.com/sc/pool.htm
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May 26th, 2010, 06:42 AM
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Ummm, there are a number of hotels with nice pools but you generally need to be a guest there. The Millenium UN PLaza and the Parker Meridien both have enclosed rooftop pools with lovely views.

The Manhattan Plaza health club used to has trial day passes you can buy for using the pool and health club. It's also enclosed but with an outdoor deck next to it. http://www.mphc.com/pages/trial-workout.php
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May 26th, 2010, 06:54 AM
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Book a room at the Mandarin Oriental
http://www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork/leisure/
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May 26th, 2010, 07:45 AM
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Manhattan is bordered by three rivers. Jump in.
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May 26th, 2010, 07:50 AM
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The Travel Inn on W 42nd ST has a rooftop pool, and the hotel is well priced and close to everything.

There are also lots of city pools all over the city, one up by me on 145th and a block away from the A train. I think it's free or a small fee, but the pool is HUGE.

Another option is the bigger pool on our doorstep, the ATlantic, take the D train to Coney Island, or the LIRR out to Jones Beach. There's also a day trip you can take out to Fire Island also on LIRR, a combo ticket of rail/cab/ferry rt for around $25.

Have a great time while you are here.
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May 26th, 2010, 07:51 AM
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Only guessing, but I am thinking OP means water/swimming in the sense of natural beach experience. For that, head either to Long Island or north to towns along the LI Sound or south to Jersey beaches.

BTW, you will have to be a brave soul, the water is cold in June in any of these areas.
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May 26th, 2010, 09:56 AM
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There is no swimming in any of the rivers around Manhattan. If you jump in someone will assume you're trying to commit suicide and call the police rescue boat. (This is NOT a joke.)

To swim in NYC (not possible from Manhattan) you can take the subway to Coney Island (about an hour trip) or, for a more pleasant beach, the Long Island RailRoad to the Rockaways. Remember this is the north Atlantic - so the water will be cold, the waves can be high and the undertow dangerous at times. Do not go in the water is there isn't a lifeguard on duty - since there are drownings every year of people who underestimate the ocean. Going out past the breakers is not recommended unless you are an extremely strong swimmer.
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May 26th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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Sorry - you can also go to Jones Beach State Park on LI - probably need a bus trip or train plus bus. It's gorgeous - but really difficult without a car.
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May 26th, 2010, 10:12 AM
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Jones Beach is not difficult at all and I do it several times each summer. The LIRR is simple to do with their combo programs, so don't be put off by the travel. It takes about 2 hours to get to Jones Beach and a little longer if you go out to Fire Island. The Fire Island trip you need to leave early am, to co-ordinate with the ferry over to the island.

The Sunken Forest is my favorite on Fire Island. There is a lovely pathway/hike around the forest on a boardwalk and I think the hike is a little over a mile and a half, but spectacular views.

There's also a Forest Ranger station and a cafe as well as a nicely maintained bath house.
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May 26th, 2010, 11:23 AM
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JOnes Beach is what you want.
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May 26th, 2010, 12:02 PM
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Dare I say it? . . . Orchard Beach.
(That's a true NY experience!)
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May 26th, 2010, 02:00 PM
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A friend has swum in the Olympic size pool at the Asphalt Green.... 91st street and York Avenue. I'm not certain how a "non member" goes about it... but I'm sure a google would give info.

You can get to Asphalt Green on the crosstown E. 86th St. bus.... or the M31 that runs east across 57th St. and up York Ave.
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May 26th, 2010, 02:05 PM
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Uh. Stimps asked for a good swimming experience in MANHATTAN I'm thinking that pools are what he/she means.
Stimps--Is that what you meant?

You can swim the Hudson as part of the NYC triathlon, but that's in July.
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May 26th, 2010, 07:26 PM
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My son is a competitive swimmer and I've been to every serious pool in Manhattan and beyond.

You can purchase day passes for Asphalt Green and Chelsea Piers ($30 and $25 respectively)
http://www.asphaltgreen.org/c-2034-Swim.aspx
http://www.chelseapiers.com/sc/pool.htm

The JCC Manhattan has a beautiful pool - days passes are available there, too
http://www.jccmanhattan.org/category.aspx?catid=2628

Outside of Manhattan 2 great pools open to the public come to mind:

Once the largest pool in North America, the Nassau County Aquatic Center is in Eisenhower Park on Long Island, about a 40 minute drive from Manhattan.
http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agenci..._aqua_ctr.html

And the most beautiful pool in NYC right now - the gorgeous new facility in Flushing Meadow park:
http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_about...pool_rink.html

During the summer, there are several organized swims in the rivers surrounding Manhattan - including the Cove to Cove swim in Battery Park, the Hudson River swim, and a swim around Manhattan. But of you're a serious open water swimmer, you know about them - they are famous and great fun to watch.
http://www.nycswim.org/
Have a good swim.

Have a nice swim
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May 26th, 2010, 08:22 PM
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Stimps did write Manhattan.

There is a great NY tradition of opening a fire hydrant, force the water skyward, and running under it.
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May 27th, 2010, 03:49 AM
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Adu -

Yes, but only with the approval of the fire dep't, a special cap for the hydrant - and for little kids.
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May 27th, 2010, 06:27 AM
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Adu -

Yes, but only with the approval of the fire dep't, a special cap for the hydrant - and for little kids.
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That's no fun.
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May 27th, 2010, 09:11 AM
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The NYC Parks Department runs indoor and outdoor swimming pools throughout the city including some in Manhattan. Not far from you would be the indoor pool on West 25th Street in Chelsea. You can join for a $75 annual fee. You need to bring you ID; no cash is accepted and checks need to be from a local bank. Credit cards are ok.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilitie...oncenters/M260
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May 28th, 2010, 05:40 AM
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There's also the "Floating Pool Lady" that used to be in Brooklyn and is now in the Bronx.

http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_thing...ting_pool.html
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