A hot summer day in New York City is like no other. The temperature can push towards 100 degrees and there’s no words, really, for the smell. On days like this, there’s only one solution: find a pool or beach, and fast.
Fortunately, New York has 55 outdoor pools, and 14 miles of public beaches. Many have a long history. McCarren Park Pool, pictured above, first opened in 1936. In fact, eleven pools opened across the city that summer, including the largest, Astoria Pool. This was a bumper year for overheated New Yorkers: Orchard Beach in the Bronx opened in July after a renovation, to crowds of 18,000 people.
These destinations of refreshing respite are the subject of a new exhibition opening June 23 at the Arsenal Gallery, SPF 16: NYC Pools and Beaches in Contemporary Photography. Drawing from photographers such Wayne Lawrence, Rona Chang and Tobias Hutzler, the exhibition is a celebration of these essential public amenities. SPF16 runs through to August 26.
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