McCarren Park Pool
McCarren Pool is a pool again! A giant, free, clean, attractive one. In true New York fashion, the pool opened last month to widespread excitement, huge crowds, lines around the block, violence, and several arrests. TV news vans were parked outside for a while, but as always in this city, the newest thing quickly became old, and now it appears to be just a normal pool with incredibly vigilant security. Not only does it have a section for swimming laps, but it offers a sandy volleyball court, indoor gym, and other community spaces. The facility also incorporates wood panels recycled from the historic Coney Island boardwalk. A creation of Robert Moses, McCarren Pool was originally constructed in 1936 with WPA funds, but was closed down in 1983. For a few years it was a music venue and now, like it or not, it's a pool again. Go enjoy it, and keep an eye out, there's a possibility the pool will become an ice skating rink in the winter.