Best place to stroke your stuff (2008)

Sunset Park Pool

New York has plenty of places for you to strut your stuff, but stroking your stuff, as in doing the freestyle stroke, backstroke, or butterfly stroke in an Olympic-sized swimming pool? Well, not so many. Luckily, you can do so to your heart's content at public pools in Brooklyn. At the Sunset Park Pool you can find relief from the scorching summer sun in a massive, outdoor tank that dates back to the 1930s. The rest of the year, there's the exquisitely designed indoor facility at the Metropolitan Pool in Williamsburg. As city of New York recreation centers, both pools stand apart in three important ways: They're clean, not crowded, and cheap. Real cheap in fact—you can swim for free at Sunset Park, a 56-yarder ranking among the largest in the five boroughs. At the Metropolitan, you can become a card-carrying member for just $75 a year. That pales in comparison to the YMCA, let alone private pools. Both pools offer a flexible morning and night schedule for adults on the go. Swimming lessons are also available.


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