In the Brooklyn Swim

We’ve just made it through the first heatwave of the year and the warm weather is set to continue! How are you going to beat the summer heat? Free outdoor pools of course!

 

red hookHook, Lane and Swimmer
80 years old and still going strong! The Red Hook Pool was a Federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) project that opened in 1939, deep in the Great Depression during a summer that broke local heat records. The opening of the immense outdoor pool was attended by 40,000 people. Today, the pool is popular but thankfully a lot less people are in attendance. The pool is open daily from 11am-7pm, with weekday lap hours for keen swimmers, 18 years and over, from 7-8:30am and 7pm-dusk. For lap-swimmers, on-site aquatic specialists are available to record your lengths and those with the most laps at the end of summer win prizes. Entry is free but you’ll need to register online or poolside prior to your session.
155 Bay Street.

 

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It’s true what they say, good things don’t last forever. Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pop-Up Pool is set to close at the end of next summer, after its fifth season and a highly successful run. The 30’ x 50’ Pop-Up Pool maxes out at an easy 3.5’ deep – making it just right for families with smaller kids. Entry is free and the pool also offers affordable swimming lessons. The area around the pool includes a 2,500-square-foot sandy beach, deck concessions, showers and restrooms. Open from June 29 til Labor Day, 10am to 6pm daily, for 45-minute sessions. The pool capacity is 60 and wristbands are required for each session, distributed first-come, first-served.
334 Furman Street.

 

mccarrenMega McCarren
Mini-pools are great for splashing around but if you’re serious about your swimming, you’ll want to go big or go home (hopefully to air conditioning). On the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, McCarren Park Pool is an Olympic-sized 329’ x 151’ x 4.6’ – that’s a generous 37,571 square foot swim area. Since 1939 (also a WPA project) the pool has been a cool haven and popular exercise venue for North Brooklyn dwellers, with plenty of poolside space for beach chairs and towel lounging post-swim. The pool is open daily from 11am-3pm, and 4pm-7pm, closing for an hour for pool cleaning. The pool usually draws major crowds so get in early.
776 Lorimer Street.

 

Double Fun at Double Dimage
Dip, dive and dog-paddle at the Douglass and DeGraw Pool in Gowanus, also known as the Double D. There are two separate pools here – an intermediate pool at 75’ x 60’ x 3’ and a wading pool perfect for the kiddies at 24’ x 24’ x 1’. The large concrete deck has a covered area and benches and is surprisingly uncrowded. The pool is also right next to the Thomas Greene Playground so if your little ones aren’t worn out after a splish and splash, take them to climb the monkey bars and scale mid-size towers. The pools are monitored by several lifeguards and open daily from 11am-7pm with a break for cleaning between 3-4pm, from July til Labor Day.
230 Douglass Street.

Keep Cool While Keeping Costs Down!

Have you been feeling the heat this summer? Has your electricity bill been feeling it too? Fortunately there are a number of A/C alternatives out there, because what’s cooler than saving money while being eco-friendly!

plantsBeat the Heat with Indoor Plants
Not only do they look great around the apartment, plants can also actually keep the air around them cool. When plants photosynthesize they consume water and sunlight. Taking in this energy, in this case heat, means a cooler home, and a lush, indoor oasis!

Be Sun Smart
The sun is your best bud at the beach, but not such a welcome guest in your apartment in summer. Make sure windows facing east are shaded in the morning, and west-facing windows are shaded in the afternoon. Blackout curtains can help prevent heat from entering. Your neighbors might think you’re harboring fugitives but it’s a small price to pay, reputation-wise and Con Ed-wise.

iced teaIf You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen
Baking foods is a sure-fire way to also bake your apartment. Just the thought of standing over a hot stove in summer makes us sweat, so make summer the season of salads! Fill the fridge with lettuce, vegetables, fruits, cheese, dips, cold cuts, juices and iced teas.

fanWe’d Like to Thank Our Fans
Modern ceiling fans are energy efficient and most have a little switch to reverse their direction. Make sure your fans are going counter clockwise in the summer to circulate cool air. You can also place a bottle of frozen water in front of your table fan to get cold air circulating.

Brave a Cold Bath
This doesn’t sound inviting, but it really works! Run a lukewarm bath halfway so you’re not jumping into a freezing tub, and then gradually add cold water until you’re in a mostly cold bath. You’ll stay cool for a long time and will avoid a humid bathroom from a hot shower.