This was definitely something I didn’t expect to see while walking on Park Avenue yesterday:
A pool made out of a dumpster!
To read the article in the NYTimes click here.
More importantly, here are my thoughts. When I think of dumpster pools, I think of dumpster diving and the episode of Oprah that featured the people who stalked local dumpsters for 3 day old food and slightly damaged items in order to score a great deal. That scared me , but these new dumpster pools seem alright. Although the NYTimes article makes these pools seem pretty big, in real life they look like hot tubs set up in the middle of the street. If you look in the picture above, the tube takes up almost half the width of the pool!
I think it’s a great attempt to cool down the city during this terribly hot summer, but seeing as there are only 3 of these pools and they fit about 10 people standing, not swimming, at a time, it’s going to take a lot more pools to save us from the heat.
The best part about the pools weren’t the pools, but the lounging area around the pools. Who doesn’t love a good hammock?? Now these were a good idea! What’s better than canoodling in a hammock as a group of 50 German tourists stop to take your picture?
In all seriousness though, it’s nice to see some activity happening on this part of the street (Park between 40th and 41st.) It’s a fun idea and I think the people in the area will really enjoy the change of scenery. Just don’t pee in the pools!