The Floating Pool Lady | New York City's Free Infinity Pool
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Image courtesy NYC Parks Dept

Image courtesy NYC Parks Dept

New York City's Free Infinity Pool


Welcome to the Floating Pool Lady, the only floating pool in the United States.
Swim for free on and in the water!





Location: Tiffany Street & Viele Avenue
Directions via Google Maps
Phone: (718) 430-4601

Pool Hours
Pool hours are from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. daily, with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Early Bird Lap Swim and Learn To Swim programs are alsoavailable. Outdoor pools will close for the season on Sunday, September 9, 2018.

For more information visit the NYC Parks Dept Website





History

New York City at the turn of the century had as many as 15 "floating baths" moored along the East and Hudson rivers. These were rectangular structures held afloat on pontoons, with changing rooms and offices on the perimeter and a center hollow lined with slats, which allowed river water to run through. The floating baths were moored at street ends, usually near the tenement districts, and provided an opportunity for the pubic not only to bathe but also to learn to swim.




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Our Story

Inspired by the floating baths of late nineteenth century New York, Ann Buttenwieser established The Neptune Foundation. Its mission was to commission the design and construction of a prototype for a new generation of movable waterfront pools for recreationally underserved communities.

The Foundation purchased a barge. The barge was retrofiitted at the Bollinger Yard in Amelia, Louisiana to include a half Olympic-size pool. Final work was completed at Pier 2 in Brooklyn.

The vessel was christened "The Floating Pool Lady."


Architect: Jonathan Kirschenfeld Associates
Naval Engineers: C.R. Cushing & Company, Kent Merrill Project Manager
Structural Engineers: Robert Sillman Associates
Swimming Pool Consultant: Joel Trace AIA
Lighting Consultants: Tillett Lighting
Translucent Murals: Truax & Company




Contact

For additional information about the pool, visit the Parks Dept website
or call (718) 430-4601

For inquiries related to the design and history of the Floating Pool Lady, contact ann@floatingpool.org