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Subject: Olympic size Pools in Manhattan (New York City)
Category: Sports and Recreation > Training
Asked by: nuwanda-ga
List Price: $7.50
Posted: 01 Apr 2003 15:11 PST
Expires: 01 May 2003 16:11 PDT
Question ID: 184500
I am looking to begin training for a sprint triathlon. I will be ok
with the bike and run, but I need some work in the pool.

I work at 38th & Broadway and live at 92nd & Broadway. I would like to
find something within walking distance of one or the other. I belong
to the NYSC (New York Sports Club) but no locations near me have
pools. I would be willing to pay something, but not too much. I am
going to need some coaching, but I suppose I could get third-party
coaches to come to a public pool.

Also, bonus question, are there any triathlon clubs in New York?

Clarification of Question by nuwanda-ga on 01 Apr 2003 15:18 PST
*** Big clarification ***

I'm not actually looking necessarily for olympic sized, after reading
some more it doesn't look like olympic size is too likely -- just a
lap pool big enough to do decent training.

Thanks all.
Subject: Re: Olympic size Pools in Manhattan (New York City)
Answered By: clouseau-ga on 01 Apr 2003 17:03 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello nuwanda,

Thank you for your question. 

I found a list of public indoor pools at New's swimming


Indoor Pools are open to the public year round. General hours of
operation are 11AM-7PM.

Asser Levy: East 23rd Street and Avenue A (447-2020)
NOTE: The Asser Levy indoor pool is not open during July and August
when the outdoor pool is open.
Carmine Street: Clarkson Street and 7th Avenue South (242-5228) 
East 54th Street: East 54th Street bet. First and Second Aves
John Rozier Hansborough Jr.: 134th Street bet. Fifth and Lenox Aves.
West 59th Street: West 59th Street bet 10th and 11th Ave (397-3159) 

East 54th or West 59th might be workable for you.

With summer around the corner, you might be interested in these
outdoor pools:


Hamilton Fish: Pitt St. and Houston St. (387-7687) 
Highbridge: Amsterdam Avenue and West 173rd Street (927-2400) 
Jackie Robinson: Bradburst Avenue and West 146th Street (234-9606) 
Lasker: W. 110th St. and Lenox Ave. (534-7639) 
Thomas Jefferson: E. 112th St. and First Ave. (860-1372) 


Asser Levy: Asser Levy Pl. and E. 23rd St. (447-2020) 
Carmine Street: Clarkson Street and 7th Avenue South (242-5228) 
Dry Dock: East 10th Street between Avenue C and D (677-4481) 
John Jay: East of York Ave. on 77th St. (794-6566) 
Marcus Garvey: 124th St. and Fifth Ave. (410-2818) 
Sheltering Arms: Amsterdam Avenue and West 129th Street (662-6191) 
Wagner: E. 124th St. bet. First and Second Aves. (534-4238) 

In the "best of" pages at the Village Voice you will find this for the
best public pool:

"Best Public Pool - Hamilton Fish Recreational Center

"The water's a little cloudy," says a lifeguard at the HAMILTON FISH
RECREATIONAL CENTER, "but it's really the cleanest public pool in
Manhattan." The city has spent millions renovating this historic pool,
which opened during the Great Depression and was a training ground for
the U.S. Olympic team before they competed in Helsinki in 1952. Now
big-bellied men waddle around the brick deck and bronze their guts in
the sun. Pregnant women are in suits, too. In the four-feet-deep,
colossal pool a lot of traffic: fluttering feet, multiple splash wars,
simultaneous games of chicken, young men with fuzzy mustaches who dive
underwater—hold their breath—and try to pinch bikini butts. "Stop,"
the girls say, then giggle. The water stays crisp, about 70 degrees,
and the maximum capacity is around 670 swimmers, the lifeguard says,
but on a recent scorcher they broke 700. So, any floaters? "Not yet,"
he says, then clasps his hands together in prayer.      -Geoffrey Gray

128 Pitt Street, Manhattan 387-7687  

Let's Go  - New York City


Two of the city's nicer pools include John Jay Pool (212-794-6566 east
of York Ave. at 77th St., and Asser Levy Pool (212-447-2020), at E.
23rd St. and Asser Levy Pl., next to the East River. (Subway to John
Jay Pool: 6 to 77th St. Pool is four blocks east from station. Subway
to Asser Levy Pool: 6 to 23rd St./Lexington Ave. Walk 5 blocks east
from station.) Both pools listed above are free but you must bring
your own lock and a proper bathing suit, although the latter's heated
indoor pool is open only to members. All outdoor pools are open early
July through Labor Day, 11am or noon to 7pm, depending on the weather.
Call 800-201-7275 for other locations. Indoor pools can be somewhat
safer than outdoor pools, but most require some sort of annual
membership fee ($10 or more)."

G City Kids

92nd Street Y
• Location: 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128
• Neighborhood: Manhattan - Upper East Side
• Phone: 212.415.5500
• Hours: Mon-Thu 6am-10:30pm; Fri 6am-5pm; Sat 6:30am-10:30pm
• Cost: Annual Membership prices vary. See below.
• Web:

Universally revered as the Y to beat all Y's, 92nd Street has so many
classes and services it would take years to list them all. You don't
need to be a member to take advantage of many of the Y's offerings,
but we recommend joining, if only to support this great institution.

A few of the major benefits for members include family swim and swim
classes, Toddler/Parent Get-Togethers, Babysitting at $7/hour, and
discounts on lectures and performances.

Asphalt Green

• Location: 555 E. 90th Street, New York, NY 10128
• Neighborhood: Manhattan - Upper East Side
• Phone: 212.369.8890
• Hours: Mon-Fri 5:30am-10pm; Sat-Sun 8am-8pm
• Ages: 1 and up
• Cost: See below.
• Web:

Though it isn't as extensive as Chelsea Piers, Asphalt Green has some
wonderful programs for kids, and a great community spirit. The pool
and aquatics programs have been named "Best of..." year after year,
and with good reason.

If you just need a place to swim, without taking classes, you can drop
by the Green, and pay $20/adult, $8/child. Membership (see below) is
recommended if you think you'll visit often. Pool drop-in is not
available Mon-Fri 3pm-8pm.

West Side YMCA

• Location: 5 W. 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023
• Neighborhood: Manhattan - Upper West Side
• Phone: 212.875.4100
• Hours: Mon-Fri 6am-11pm; Sat-Sun 8am-8pm
• Cost: Annual Membership required. See below.
• Web:

The West Side Y is the largest of the 19 branches in Greater New York,
and has extensive facilities, including two pools, a
basketball/volleyball gym, a boxing/martial arts gym and other
facilities for adults. This branch offers wonderful writing programs
for kids and teens, in addition to the usual classes and programs.

Family Swim: The pool is open weekends during specified swim hours.
The schedule changes monthly, so call or consult the Y's small pool

And finally, a most excellent list at Search

Sea Horse Divers 
1416 2nd Avenue
New York, NY

Sheraton Manhattan Fitness Center
790 7th Avenue
New York, NY

Sheraton New York Health Club
811 7th Avenue
New York, NY 

Susan E Wagner Swimming Pool 
E. 124th Street & 1st Avenue
New York, NY 

Thomas Jefferson Swimming Pool 
2180 1st Avenue
New York, NY 

Tompkins Square Park Mini Pool 
500 E. 9th Street
New York, NY 

UN Plaza Health Club 
1 UN Plaza
New York, NY

Wagner Houses 
E. 124th Street
New York, NY

180 W. 135th Street
New York, NY 

224 E. 47th Street
New York, NY 

Hamilton Fish 
128 Pitt Street
New York, NY

Hansborough Recreation Center
35 W. 134th Street
New York, NY

Highbridge Recreation Center 
2301 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY

Inn on 57th 
440 W. 57th Street
New York, NY

Jackie Robinson Swimming Pool 
89 Bradhurst Avenue
New York, NY 

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
899 10th Avenue
New York, NY

Lasker Pool
110 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY

Lenox Hill Neighborhood Association 
331 E 70th Street
New York, NY

Luye Aquafit
310 E. 23rd Street
New York, NY 

Manhattan Plaza Health Club
482 W. 43rd Street
New York, NY
 Marcus Garvey Pool
13 E.124th Street 
New York, NY

Marymount Manhattan College 
221 E. 71st Street
New York, NY

Monterey Sports Club 
175 E. 96th Street
New York, NY 

NYU Swimming and Sports Center 
Mercer Street & Houston Street
New York, NY

Pan Aqua Diving 
460 W. 43rd Street
New York, NY 

Paris Health Club Cafe 
752 W End Avenue
New York, NY 

Pool Club Incorporated 
265 E. 66th Street
New York, NY

Printing House Fitness & Racquet Club
421 Hudson Street
New York, NY

Riverbank State Park 
679 Riverside Drive
New York, NY

San Tropez Condominiums Pool 
340 E. 64th Street
New York, NY 

Aerobics West Fitness
131 W. 86th Street
New York, NY

All Star Fitness Club 
75 W. End Avenue
New York, NY

American Leisure Corporation 
595 Main Street
New York, NY 

Asphalt Green
555 E. 90th Street
New York, NY

Asser Levy Recreation Center
E.23rd Street
New York, NY

Athletic & Swim Club (Equitable Center)
787 7th Avenue
New York, NY

Battery Park Swim & Fitness Center
375 South End Avenue
New York, NY

Borough of Manhattan Community Coll 
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY

Carmine Street Recreation Center
1 Clarkson Street
New York, NY

Chelsea Piers (Sports Center) 
W. 23rd Street (Pier 60)
New York, NY
 Club La Raquette
119 W. 56th Street
New York, NY

Crowne Plaza 
1605 Broadway
New York, NY

Days Hotel 
790 8th Avenue
New York, NY

Doug Stern's Deep Water Running Classes
5 W. 93rd Street
New York, NY

Downtown Athletic Club 
19 West Street
New York, NY

Dry Dock Swimming Pool 
408 E. 10th Street
New York, NY 

Emanu-el Midtown YM-YWHA Alliance 
344 E. 14th Street
New YOrk, NY

Executive Fitness Center (Vista Hotel) 
3 world Trade Center
New York, NY

Excelsior Athletic Club
301 E. 57th Street
New York, NY

Gold's Gym
1635 3rd Avenue
New York, NY

I trust one of the above will prove to be what you need!

Now for the bonus answer:

Prospect Park Track Club

Founded over 30 years ago, the Prospect Park Track Club (PPTC) is
Brooklyn's largest and most active running club, with a membership
that extends well beyond the neighborhoods surrounding Prospect Park.
No matter what your age or ability, whether you are a beginner, a
triathlete, a veteran marathoner, or even ultra-crazy
ultra-marathoner, there's a place for YOU in the Prospect Park Track

And, the New York Triathalon Club

The NEW YORK TRIATHLON CLUB (NYTC) has embarked on its 19th year of
organizing multi-sport events. During this period we have worked hard
to produce the best value in multi-sport events available to athletes
in the Tri-State area. To date we have organized over 380 events that
drew approximately 60,000 competitors, many of them first timers to
multi-sport competition. No other organization in the country has
produced a more extensive and varied list of events. Our
organizational expertise and safety record are known and respected

The New York Triathlon Club is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3)
organization dedicated to developing the sport of triathlon and
related multi-sport events for racing, physical fitness and
recreation. Our membership includes novice to seasoned athletes from
throughout the Tri-state (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) area.
Emphasis is placed on amateur competition. Established in 1983, the
NYTC has grown to be the largest club of its kind in the country.
Proceeds from races and membership fees are used to support and
develop the innovative year-round programs and top quality events that
distinguish the NYTC.

Search Strategy:

"new york city" +"public pool"
"new york city" +"swimming"
"new york city" OR Manhattan +"public pool" OR swimming
"new york city" +triathalon +club OR aorganization OR group

I trust my research has provided you with a comprehensive list and
many possibilities. If a link above should fail to work or anything
require further explanation or research, please do post a Request for
Clarification prior to rating the answer and closing the question and
I will be pleased to assist further.


nuwanda-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $4.50
Fantastic. Thank you.

Subject: Re: Olympic size Pools in Manhattan (New York City)
From: clouseau-ga on 01 Apr 2003 18:27 PST
My pleasure, nuwanda.

Thank you for the kind rating and tip!

Best regards,


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