New York City’s 55 free public pools officially opened to the public on June 28, and that coupled with the sunny weekend before Fourth of July meant New Yorkers made their way to the city’s beaches and pools in droves.
Following the mini-heatwave earlier in June the city decided to keep the public pools and some of the beaches open a week late this year (September 10). Usually the beaches and pools stay open until Labor Day, but this is the third consecutive year that they will close late. That seems to be in good measure for the city and New Yorkers alike with 16 million people having visited the beach last year, along with two million visitors to city’s public pools.
If the crowds and the beaches are not your thing, you can also make your way to a host of NYC hotels that offer rooftop and indoor pools. And for the more adventurous, there are several other spots to cool off, just outside the city, that can be reached by public transportation.
For now, here’s an Instagram roundup of how New Yorkers celebrated the summer this past weekend.