Top 5 Pools to Beat NYC’s Summer Heat

Top 5 Pools to Beat NY’s Summer Heat

A good way to know that the summer is officially here is when the outdoor pools open up! Starting June 27th, New York residents can enjoy free access to over 50 pools throughout the boroughs. Whether you want to learn how to swim, swim for exercise, or maybe just cool off—there’s a pool near you to cater to your needs this summer! For more information on pools in your area, visit nycgovparks.org.

1. Lasker Pool – The Olympic sized pool doubles as an ice skating rink in the winter, and is conveniently located in Upper Westside Manhattan on 110th Street & Lenox.

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2. Astoria Pool – You can spot both the Hell Gates and Robert F. Kennedy bridges from this pool, and enjoy lots of shaded lounge area. 19 Street and 23rd Drive

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3. McCarren Park Pool – This newly renovated, Olympic-sized pool in Northern Brooklyn should provide just the right amount of water to cool you off! McCarren Park, 776 Lorimer Street

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4. Hamilton Fish Pool – One of the biggest pools in the city, this pool attracts swimmers from the lower Manhattan region.  Pitt & Houston Street (128 Pitt St.)

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5. Crotona Pool – This is the only Olympic-sized pool in the Bronx (and fourth largest in the city), located in Crotona Park, which is praised for its tree lines and beautiful lake. 173rd Street and Fulton Avenue

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8 Wonderful NYC Travel Quotes

Quotes about New York City by famous (and not so famous) people:

Ryan Adams

“When I’m in New York, I just want to walk down the street and feel this thing like I’m in a movie.” – Ryan Adams

G.K. Chesterton

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” – G.K. Chesterton

Simone Beauvoir

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless” – Simone Beauvoir

Alistair Cooke

“New York is the biggest collection of villages in the world.” – Alistair Cooke

Marilyn J. Appleberg

“More than anything else, New York is a city of superlatives, a place where the best, the brightest, the biggest is the norm.” Marilyn J. Appleberg

Roy Blount Jr.

“New York walking isn’t exercise; it’s a continually showing make-your-own movie.” – Roy Blount Jr.

Milos Forman

“I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York.” – Milos Forman

Charlie Chaplin

“The Glamour of it all! New York! America!” – Charlie Chaplin

Un italiano all’estero: An Italian Abroad

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Lorenzo will be joining our team for the next few months, this is the first time he is in New York City and will be periodically checking in with us on his experience here in the States.

It’s my first time in New York, I’m a tourist and I like to discover new things, new realities. My first impression, as soon as I arrived in Times Square, was: “Wow! It is like being constantly in the middle of a concert!” Everything is completly different from what I’m used to seeing everyday: neon billboards, advertising, people on the street disguised as cartoon characters, skylines.

All these things don’t exist in my country.

I think that if we turn-off all these lights, in a second we will understand that New York is just high buildings and cement, all the magic would be lost. But one thing is certain: New York has its own identity, its own uniqueness. And I like it!

Please director, don’t turn off the lights!

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E’ la prima volta che vengo a New York, sono un turista e mi piace scoprire cose nuove, nuove realtà. La prima impressione che ho avuto appena giunto in Times Square è che vivere qua è come essere perennemente nel bel mezzo di un concerto. Tutto è totalmente diverso da ciò che sono abituato a vedere normalmente: megaschermi illuminati ovunque, pubblicità, persone per strada trasvestite da personaggi dei cartoni animati, grattacieli. Tutto questo non esiste nel mio paese.

Penso che se spegnessimo tutte quante queste luci, in un istante ci renderemo conto che New York è soltanto alti edifici e cemento, forse perderebbe ogni magia. Ma credo che, indipendentemente dai gusti, una cosa è certa: New York ha una sua identità, una sua unicità. E mi piace.

Chiedo al regista di non spegnere mai le luci!

Off The Beaten Path: Rucker Park

Up in Harlem on 155th Street lies a sheet of blacktop more sacred than most. Like the thousands around the country, Rucker Park is a basketball court where our neighborhoods youth can show up, practice their skills, challenge their peers, and have fun. Unlike the thousands of basketball courts around the country, Rucker Park is special. Rucker Park takes basketball to the next level. Rucker Park is where you go to play if you’re the best in the neighborhood. Rucker Park is the best streetball court in the world.

Built right across the street from the old Polo Grounds, Rucker Park has become such a basketball talent trove that the games played each night under the lights draw crowds in the hundreds. When you catch a game on this hallowed ground, you may not know who you’re watching, but the talent level is so off the charts that chances are you’ll be seeing them in the NBA sometime soon.

Dr J. at Rucker Park

Legends who have played at Rucker Park in their high school days include Wilt Chamberlain, Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Earl “the Pearl” Monroe, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, and Ron Artest. In 2011, during the NBA Lockout, OKC Thunder star Kevin Durant famously stopped by the park and set the place on fire in what has become one of the most memorable scenes of the park’s history.

Now, I’m not saying the next NBA MVP is going to drop in while you’re there catching a game, but this is the type of talent and respect Rucker Park gets from the basketball community. Next time you’re in NYC and looking to go off the beaten path, head up to Rucker Park because you never know what you might see.

Have you ever been to Rucker Park? Tell us where you go off the beaten path in NYC on twitter at @CitySightsNY!

March Madness #TVShowdown Down to 8 Shows Left

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Win $100 by voting for your favorite NYC TV show!

With one round in the books, our bracket expert Dickie V is back again to analyze the highlights of the week:

March Madness is in full swing and we’ve got upsets galore! Selena Gomez single handedly knocks off Sex and the City!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? The Today Show falls to SNL!? OH BABY! UP-SET CITY BABY!

Now we’ve got a clash of the titans in the comedy bracket! FRIENDS VS SEINFELD! The battle of unrealistic apartments! IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME BABY!

Thanks, Dick. Second round voting has begun and the final four is on the line. Here are the matchups:

  • Wizards of Waverly Place vs The Apprentice
  • SNL vs Fallon
  • Seinfeld vs Friends
  • Law & Order vs Mad Men

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Head over to to official bracket page to make your votes now! Each game you vote in gives you another entry to win the grand prize of $100! Voting ends on Thursday, so don’t miss out!

The (Almost True) Story of the Origin of St. Patrick’s Day in NYC

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Long long ago, in the city of New York lived a man named Patrick. Paddy, as his friends called him, was a bit of a recluse, regularly finding himself with nothing but a pint glass topped with Guinness and a folded over newspaper turned to the classifieds as he would hunt for yet another new job to support his favorite habit: Drinking. Nobody ever expected Paddy to amount to much in life. “He spends too much time at the pub,” the townspeople would holler. “He has no ambition,” his own mother would say. Little did they know that his life was a special one. Little did anyone know that his life, hundreds of years down the line, would still be celebrated.

It was a bright, sunny afternoon, this 17th day of March, when Paddy’s life would change forever. As accustomed, Paddy had a stool pulled up to the bar, drink in one hand, paper in the other, chatting with the old barkeep whose children he was putting through college with each sip of the glass. “I heard about the job at the mill,” the barkeep sheepishly muttered as he topped off another round. “This one’s on the house.”

“Aye, well they shouldn’t have put me in charge of the grain if they didn’t want me to mix it all up,” Paddy replied with a nod and lifted the freshly filled pint to his mouth.

“There’s nothing left for me,” his tone turned grim. “They’re right. I’m never going to amount to anything. I may as well just sit at this pub and drink til I drop.”

As if by the grace of God himself, just as Paddy uttered those fateful words, the door swung open and in ran a woman with such a look of panic on her face you’d think her house was on fire. “My house is on fire!” she yelled. “And a newborn batch of puppies are trapped on the top floor! And my house is all the way up 5th Avenue!”

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Paddy raced into this very home to save the puppies.

This was it. This was Paddy’s moment.

Paddy stood up with a confidence he had never before been able to muster, threw back the rest of his beer in what seemed like one single gulp, slammed the glass to the bar and began to the door. Yeah, Paddy. This is you Paddy he thought to himself. The hero began running up 5th Avenue but it was taking too long. That’s when he saw a CitySights NY bus full of tourists and got an idea.

Paddy stopped the bus and demanded it turn around – against traffic – to lead him uptown to help save the puppies. The CitySights NY driver knew the responsibility bestowed upon him imperative and began fighting the traffic. For the puppies. He traveled from 44th Street all the way up to 79th Street, where the fire was ghastly ablaze. Paddy hopped off the bus and raced into the home with complete disregard for his own safety. Minutes passed and onlookers began to worry.

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Paddy was scared, but with the help of CitySights NY he knew he could save the day.

But there he emerged, a new man, puppies in hand! Gone was the lonesome bloke who cared more about his Guinness than his own children, and out walked a hero.

“What’s your name?” a man from the crowd yelled.

“Patrick,” he replied.

“You’re a saint, Patrick!” the woman whose puppies were saved shouted back. “You’re a saint!”

Every year from that point forward, on the same day as The Great Puppy Fire, we celebrate St. Patrick with a parade, traveling the same route he took to get from the pub to the puppies. And so began St. Patrick’s Day.

Off The Beaten Path: Upright Citizens Brigade

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UCB Theatre is leading the way in comedy.

In the heart of Chelsea, six blocks south of Madison Square Garden, you will find a gem hidden in plain sight. In a neighborhood surrounded by some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, the beaten path takes a detour around this small comedy club in favor of its overpriced counterparts.

The Upright Citizens Brigade is a beacon for all amateur comedians and people just looking for a good laugh. The provide classes for improve and sketch comedy at a variety of levels so even rookies to the comedy game can work on their craft. UCB was actually the first nationally accredited improve and sketch comedy school in the country, and many of the best comedians today have passed through these halls including Tina Fey, Zach Galifanakis, John Mulaney, Donald Glover, Aubrey Plaza and Nick Kroll.

More importantly, to those who are visiting NYC for a short time, UCB Theatre hosts live comedy shows seven nights a week. Often free, and rarely more than $5 to get in, the brigade’s classes are always performing and stand-up comedians also come out for some fun.

Next time you’re looking for a top-flight comedy show in NYC, avoid the price gauging shows and clubs that require a two drink minimum at $12 a pop- go see the comedy stars of tomorrow at the UCB Theatere. Also, check out UCB East, UBC Theatre’s East Village counterpart.