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Place That Matters of the Week: WPA-Era Pools

Surf's up. From the Municipal Art Society on this blazing Tuesday comes the latest installment in their "Place That Matters of the Week" series, now in its third week. This hot August week's places: NYC's WPA-era pools, which are celebrating their 70th anniversaries this summer. In 1936, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and Parks Commissioner Robert Moses were cutting ribbons like crazy, opening 11 monumental pools built with Works Progress Administration money across the five boroughs. There were four pools in Manhattan, one each in the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, and four in Brooklyn. The pools were designed to hold 43,000 people and most, with the notable exception of McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, are open for swimming today.
· Place That Matters of the Week: WPA Pools [Municipal Art Society]
· NYC Pool Locations [nyc.gov]