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Jun 25, 2015

Could Astoria Get A Floating Pool in The East River?

Could Astoria and LIC soon be home to these novel cross shaped pools? Curbed recently reported that the 5-year-old +Pool folks have tested their concept and might be ready to (…)

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Could Astoria and LIC soon be home to these novel cross shaped pools? Curbed recently reported that the 5-year-old +Pool folks have tested their concept and might be ready to go with these awesome floating swim spots sooner than later. In case you’re not familiar with the project, + Pools ┬átake nasty river water and use a unique filtration system to make the water totally swimmable. (Don’t believe it- they’ve already tested it out on the Hudson and the test results came back great!)

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More details on possible locations from the Curbed article:

The team will look into these options: Bush Terminal Park in Sunset Park; Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo/Brooklyn Heights; Domino Sugar Factory in South Williamsburg; Governors Island; Hallets Point in Astoria; Hudson River Park; Hunters Point in Long Island City; St. George in Staten Island; Transmitter Park in Greenpoint; and Two Bridges on the Lower East Side.

Would you swim in a floating pool? Where would you most want to see + Pool land? Leave us a comment- let’s get chatty!

(PS- The already awesome Astoria Pool opens this Saturday! No need to wait to get your swim on.)

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lkellner

Not far-fetched – NYC had floating pools in 1870. A clip from NYC GOV Parks and Rec:
Floating baths existed in New York from at least the early 19th century. They became more popular after the Civil War as public health advocates called for legislation to create municipally owned baths.

The city’s first free public floating baths debuted in the Hudson and East Rivers in 1870, expanding to 15 by 1890. The baths were 95 feet long and 60 feet wide, floated on eight pontoons placed four on each side.
more: http://www.nycgovparks.org/about/history/pools

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