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Best for a Casual Pool Day

Kosciuszko Pool
670 Marcy Ave., nr. Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn; 718-622-5271
Cost: Free
Hours: Daily (11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.); opens June 28
With a wading pool, an Olympic-size pool, a baby pool, a spray pool, bleachers, and a bathhouse, this Bed-Stuy complex has a little something for everyone. But even on cooler days, there’s no shade in sight, so sunblock is a must.

The Floating Pool
Viele Ave. at Tiffany St., the Bronx; 718-430-4601
Cost: Free
Hours: Daily (11 a.m.–7 p.m.); opens June 28
The seven-lane freshwater pool on a barge parks itself right off Barretto Point Park and stays through the summer. Known as the “Floating Pool Lady,” it has all the amenities of a standard public one, but guests get a surprise walk on the gangplank from land to water.

Astoria Park Pool
23rd Dr. and 19th St., Queens; 718-626-8620
Cost: Free
Hours: Daily (11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.); opens June 28
As one of the largest pools in the city&$0151;its capacity is 2,178 swimmer— this Art Deco pool appeals to locals and those looking for a sunny pre-party before venturing to one of Astoria’s beer gardens. Plenty of sunbathing space makes everyone happy.

Thomas Greene Playground
3rd Ave. and Nevins St., Brooklyn; 718-625-3268
Cost: Free
Hours: Daily (11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.); opens June 28
Nicknamed "Double D," this Gowanus pool is lesser known than its Brooklyn counterparts, so there’s often room to splash around without worrying about interfering with others’ good times. The low-key vibe attracts hip sunbathers, old-timers, families looking for a kiddie pool, and even hardcore swimmers who come when the Olympic-size pool sections off lap lanes.


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