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The newly remodeled McCarren Park Pool may be the hottest place to cool off this summer, but there are refreshing options out there for every type of swimmer.


Red Hook Recreation Center.  

Best for Actual Swimming

Sol Goldman Pool at Red Hook Recreation Center
155 Bay St., nr. Victory Blvd., Brooklyn NY, 11232; 718-722-3211
Cost: Free
Hours: Daily (11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4 p.m.–7 p.m.); opens June 28
Sunbathers beware of the Olympic-sized lap pool in Red Hook. With little seating—the pool deck is a concrete slab—Sol Goldman Pool is meant for serious swimmers. There's extra adult lap time before and after the official daily hours, making the pool less crowded than most during peak times.

Vanderbilt YMCA
224 E. 47th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-912-2500
Cost: $30/day; $100/month
Hours: 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
Open until midnight on weekdays, the midtown Y attracts the working swimmer. A newer six-lane lap pool and the original 1931 three-lane pool divide visitors so there’s rarely a long wait to get your workout in.

Stuyvesant High School
345 Chambers St., nr. North End Ave.; 646-210-4292
Cost: $12/day; $325/year
Hours: M–F (7 p.m.–9:45 p.m.); S (1 p.m.–8:45 p.m.), Su (1:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m.)
The six-lane pool usually filled with high-school students is open to the public on weeknights and weekends. The cool water and even cooler views of the Hudson River make for serene swimming sessions.

West End Sports Club
75 West End Ave., nr. 63rd St.; 212-265-8200
Cost: $24/day
Hours: Changes weekly
Those who make the trek to this out-of-the-way locale enjoy a near-empty lap pool. Separate swimming lessons keep kids away, while a steam room and sauna are available for relaxing post-workout.

Manhattan Plaza Health Club
482 W. 43rd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-563-7001
Cost: $350/summer membership
Hours: M–F (7:30 a.m.–10 p.m.)
The 75-foot pool is surrounded by greenery, and the retractable glass roof lets members enjoy the pool in crummy weather. If swimming laps isn’t your thing, the Health Club offers a club swim team and group aquatic classes.

Asphalt Green AquaCenter
1750 York Ave., at 91st St.; 212-369-8890
Cost: $35/day
Hours: Changes weekly
Management keeps lap swimmers away from splish-splashing kids’ lessons, so the only distraction from toning your summer body should be the sunny rooftop terrace and juice bar.

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