With the sultry weather upon us, reader Kathy asked us if we knew about any definitive guides about which pools or beaches were the best. Sure, there are a few nice guides (see below) that tell you about some pools or beaches, but what do people who have actually been there think? So, Gothamist opens up the question to you: Post your suggestions and comments about beaches and pools in the city, and if there are a lot of great ideas, we'll follow up with another post compiling a comprehensive list. You can include pools and beaches of various kinds (public, hotel, gym, private, etc.) and anything else of note (like whether or not some private pool fees are worth it).
A number of guides: Manhattan User's Guide on hotel pools, NYC Pulse and About on city pools, and New York magazine just published a guide to area beaches you can reach without a car and ten city pool options. Here are lists of the city's public pools and public beaches; plus the Mayor officially opened up the city's 52 public pools on Friday.