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Colorful pop-up pools return to Brooklyn Bridge Park, Roosevelt Island

The weather is warm and the pools are open

Courtesy Manhattan Park Pool Party 2017/Tim Williams

Two of the city’s most popular pop-up pools are returning for the season.

In a few weeks, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s beloved pop-up pool will reopen for the season after successfully securing a one-year extension to keep the waterfront pool in place following the expiration of its five-year contract with the city. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation is still pursuing its quest to secure a permanent location for the pool, which is currently located at Pier 2 but for now, the fun is on.

Meanwhile, Manhattan Park Pool Club on Roosevelt Island has reopened its massive waterfront pool, this year trading its cotton candy colors for a new design from artist Gregg Emery called “Waves on Roosevelt Island.”

Drawing inspiration from a multitude of sources that include the opening scene in the classic Bond Film Goldfinger that showcases a vivid pool in Miami, as well from the “flow of people, water, and vehicles,” the pool portrays bright swirls of bright blue, purple, and pink against a light blue base coat. It’s not as vibrant as designs featured in previous years, like that of last year’s pool artist Andrew Faris, but it’s still highly intriguing.

The pop-up at Brooklyn Bridge Park is set to reopen on Friday, June 29 while Roosevelt Island’s pool is already open for the season with weekday costs set at $35 and $50 on weekends for non-Roosevelt Island residents (residents pay $25 and $35 respectively).

Below are a few photos of “Waves at Roosevelt Island” while it was being painted and the final results. And if you’d like to see the pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park become permanent, there’s a petition for that.

Courtesy Manhattan Park Pool Party 2017/K&Co and Pliskin Architecture
Courtesy Manhattan Park Pool Party 2017/K&Co and Pliskin Architecture
Courtesy Manhattan Park Pool Party 2017/Tim Williams
Courtesy Manhattan Park Pool Party 2017/Tim Williams