NOTE TO VISITORS WHO CAME HERE LOOKING FOR LAP POOLS IN NEW YORK CITY:
Hannah’s blog, 40 Pools, is the most comprehensive resource available.
(Actually, this post is just about lap pools. As for love – sorry, you’re on your own.)
New York City’s a great town and all, but not exactly a mecca for lap swimming. I would assume, in a city where space is at such a premium, it’s tough to make the economics of a lap pool work. As a result, almost any pool of regulation length is either behind the walls of expensive and/or exclusive athletic clubs, $1000/night hotels, or, if public and reasonably priced, then extremely crowded.
I learned this the hard way when I arrived in town the day before the Little Red Lighthouse Swim last fall and tried to find a place to swim a few laps. Pools are scarce, but so is information.
(For what it’s worth, the Metro LMSC has a decent list of USMS teams here, and Swimmer’s Guide hosts an occasionally-reliable database of lap pools here. Beyond that, it can require some digging – even a few phone calls – to nail down specific hours.)
Which is why this recent article in the NY Times caught my eye:
Lots of promising possibilities in there! Though I was surprised she didn’t mention Asphalt Green – which, as far as I know, is the only long course pool in Manhattan.
In any case, I’ll be filing this away for my visit in June.