Are you visiting New York City and are in search for an awesome place to relax and swim? Look no further than The “Floating Pool Lady,” a really generous donation by the Neptune Foundation to the New York City Parks Department back in 2007—the end result of “a bold vision realized after 27 years.”
And bold it is. When filled, the pool weighs nearly 4,040,960 pounds, accommodating up to 170 swimmers—pretty impressive, considering it’s able to maintain afloat. So far over 50,000 swimmers have taken a dip, and this summer that number is likely to increase by the thousands given this summer’s expected heat wave.
While this idea of a floating pool might seem a little out of the ordinary for some, it’s just another day in NYC for most; floating bathhouses took over alongside the East and Hudson rivers as early as the turn of the 19th century—one of the main inspirations for Neptune’s investment.