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Swimming Meetup Postponed Plus Some Helpful Tips About Highbridge Pool

Due to the crazy weather today James’s last tennis class was rescheduled for tomorrow. You, of course, are more than welcome to swim at Highbridge Pool as originally planned, but if you’d like to meet up we are aiming to be there this Friday at 11:00AM instead.

For those of you who have not experienced the zealous security at Highbridge Pool (located at W. 172nd and Amsterdam), here is some information I wish I had had the first time around:

You must have a combination lock, a swim diaper for any toddlers, and no pens, markers, snacks or drinks other than water in your bag. There is a 100% chance that your bag will be searched. You may bring yourself and a towel, and some sunscreen into the actual pool area. That’s it. You can wear a white t-shirt over your suit if you are inclined, but no other colors. You must proceed from security to the changing area to the locker to the showers, in that order and no other.

It may seem crazy the first (half dozen) times you go through the motions, but hey, admission’s free and the pools here are beautiful, not-too-crowded, safe and clean – probably in part because the security is so thorough. As an added perk for me, once we explained to security that James was disabled and could not get through these trials in the men’s locker room by himself, they allowed him to accompany me (bypassing the women’s changing area) and wait in a chair with a security guard while I got the babies ready. And, there is no other pool I know of that has such an enormous 1-2ft deep pool (Olympic+ sized) so that I can safely manage all of my kids alone (there is also an enormous 4 to 10 ft deep pool for more proficient swimmers).

I hope to see some of you in the next few days – there are a lot of fun meetups coming up between now and Monday (see Upcoming Events)! If you’re going swimming tomorrow, have fun (and bring a lock)!

Meetup reminders for this weekend: July 13-15

We’ll be at the Central Park Brass concert tomorrow at 11am and plan to stay and play/picnic for a while afterward. Weather permitting we’re still planning on the NYBG on Sunday as well (see the Upcoming Events tabs for a full list of July’s get-togethers). If you plan to come try to email me a couple hours before the start of any given event for details including where to meet.


Free Adaptive Swim Lessons in NYC – Summer 2012 Registration Open Now

James will be taking these lessons for the 4th year in a row this summer up at Highbridge, but there are locations in every borough with lessons starting July 5th. Here is the most up-to-date information – details can also be found on the NYC Parks website.


Free Adapted Aquatics Instruction

Graphic of swimmer in water Graphic of swimmer in water

Adapted Aquatics exercise offers a complete body workout and ranges from gentle walking in water to high-energy exercise; it helps alleviate pain, improve circulation, and promote healing and muscle development for those suffering from physical ailments resulting from injury, disease, or aging.

For registration information, please call Citywide Aquatics at 718-760-6969 ext. 0

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • CVA (Cardio Vascular Accident)


Mullaly Pool
E. 165th Street between Jerome & River Avenues
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Starting Thursday, July 5


Sunset Pool
7th Avenue & 43rd Street
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Starting Thursday, July 5
More About Sunset Pool


Hamilton Fish Pool
Pitt Street & Houston Street
Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. – noon
Starting Thursday, July 5
More About Hamilton Fish Pool

Highbridge Pool
W. 173rd Street & Amsterdam Avenue
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Starting Thursday, July 5
More About Highbridge Pool


Astoria Pool
19th Street & 23rd Drive
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Starting Friday, July 6
More About Astoria Park Pool

Staten Island

Lyons Pool
Victory Blvd. & Pier 6
Monday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Starting Thursday, July 5
More About Lyons Pool

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