- Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink
125-40 Roosevelt Ave., at Avery Ave., Flushing; 718-271-7572
London long ago nabbed the 2012 summer Olympics, but New York didn’t walk away completely empty-handed. The $66.3 million Flushing Meadows Corona Park aquatic center and its ten-lane, 50-meter indoor pool were initially commissioned to host the event’s synchronized-swimming and water-polo competitions. For as little as $5 a day (or $75 a year), you can dive, swim laps, or just splash around under the arched roof and wall of windows. If you’re more of a winter-games enthusiast, there’s a smallish ice rink downstairs (admission from $5; rentals $5). The facility is open year-round, so you can work on your butterfly in January and your hockey stop in July.
Best Public Pool
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).