New York's love affair with swimming goes back a long way. In 1882, one-armed swimmer Edward Cone easily took the New York Athletic Club's championship one-half mile down the Harlem River even though his chief competitor was given a 3.5-minute head start. (They all used a sidestroke). And some historians have it that the city began opening public pools during the Victorian Age to get the naked boys out of the rivers. Swimming in public waters is a bit more genteel today, and thanks to NYC Swim, you can see the city from the water--in it, not on it. Since 1993, they have organized events for more than 10,000 participants, including the Manhattan Island Marathon. This year marks their second annual Governors Island Swim. The two-miler, as it's called, gives the aquatic-inclined the unique opportunity to swim and enjoy panoramic views of Manhattan.
Sat., Sept. 10, 2:30 p.m., 2011

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