Respite from Brutal NYC Summer Heat Found in Area Private Swimming Pools

A private swimming pool in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn

The New York Post has compiled a listing of New York City homes that – as hard as it is for some long-time locals to believe – feature private swimming pools.

“You can find almost anything you want in New York City — unless you’re looking for a home with a private swimming pool,” the Post reported. But private swimming pools there are – if you know where to find them. Writer Zachary Kussin was able to locate several. The list includes what it labels “the family gathering spot in Ditmas Park.” When Andrew Rosenblum first saw this home in 2010, “he said no — because of the 14-by-30-foot pool. “Too much work,” he told his wife, Marjorie Henning. But the software developer took the plunge, and it’s changed his life.”

Another find has been what the Post calls “the party pad in west Chelsea. “South Africa native Keith Jacobson grew up with a backyard pool but figured he’d never be so lucky to have another one after he moved to New York City in 1985. But the real estate developer, now 55, bought a $7 million West Chelsea duplex in 2011 that came with a 2,000-square-foot roof terrace — and made his dream come true.”

Other private pools on the Post’s list include:

The Miniature Escape in NoMad. “Why do we need a summer house?” said Jillian Crane, an actress and writer, to the Post. “This is our summer house! We can grill, [then] take a dip.” Located on one of seven terraces of Crane and husband Al Kahn’s five-story home, their pool measures just 15-by-6 feet, but is mightily impressive: There’s an option that creates a current so you can swim in place, and the water heats up for hot-tub use.”

The Windsor Terrace Suburban Oasis belongs to Nick and Hilda Caragiulo. Notes the Post, “There’s a patio and a lawn with a swing set. There’s even an in-ground pool — waterslide included — loaded with floats in the shapes of pizza and a popsicle. “We likely would’ve left the borough if we didn’t find this house,” said Nick, 45, who runs Transcend Construction. “We wanted a house with a pool and we wanted the space.”

For those who aren’t as lucky as these homeowners, the web site TimeOut.com offers a list of the best public swimming pools in New York City. Topping that list:

Astoria Pool: “The Olympic-size lanes, ample waterside lounging and WPA-era Art Deco interior have made it a city favorite for decades. But before you dive in, be sure to check out the sights: The summer oasis, located between the Robert F. Kennedy and Hell Gate Bridges, offers a spectacular view of the Upper East Side—quite the setting for laps anytime.”

The Floating Pool: “This seven-lane pool, which sits atop a movable barge, has found a long-term home in the Bronx at Barretto Point Park. The Floating Pool features all the amenities of any land-based body, including locker rooms, with the added benefit of a waterfront view. Neighborhood kids make up the bulk of swimmers, as the closest subway stop is more than a mile’s walk from the park.”

By Kenneth H.M. Robeson

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