The hot sun blazes through these June weeks, but don’t even think about swimming in one of New York City’s refreshing, free outdoor public swimming pools. The Parks Department’s 13 Olympic-size wonders and dozens of humbler cooling spots remain chalk dry and locked through the start of summer, opening only on the scorchingly late date of June 29. They will stay barren even as city officials on Wednesday will announce $106 million in measures to counter the health effects of extreme heat. Yet even while beaches get lifeguards starting Memorial Day weekend, and parks’ kiddie sprinklers activate when the thermometer goes above 80 degrees, for years pools have opened only after public schools close . Times, and temperatures, change. Since the city pools opened (in late May) in the 1930s… Next »
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