Configuration: 6 lanes of 25 meters
Fee: $10.50 TNYA subscription
Total Fees to Date: $139.41
After viewing pool art on display across town, I had a good practice with my team on Saturday evening at Baruch College. The pool is kept at a consistently cool temperature and doesn’t change colors like its uptown cousin. Plus, I always enjoy swimming with my team–particularly sharing a lane with the likes of Hugh, Alex, Glenn, and Cara. (Our numbers were down because a lot of folks were just finishing up a week of outdoor-pool-bliss Swim Camp in Fort Lauderdale.)
I used to swim here much more regularly, back when the lane lines had fluted plastic floats that scraped up my hands when I hit them–something I did (and do) all too often–and eventually I decided enough was enough. The lane lines got replaced with less malicious ones a few years ago, but this pool never made it back into my regular rotation. Maybe that’s because I just can’t get excited about it. Each of its strengths is counterbalanced by a negative in my mind.
|The Good||The Bad|
|It’s part of one of CUNY’s highly touted newer (2001) buildings, the Newman Vertical Campus.||The building entrance is almost always under scaffolding because its award-winning design resulted in a facade that spills snow, ice, and bricks onto entrants.|
|Strong collegiate, continuing ed, and community swim programs use the pool.||My team only gets to rent out half the pool, meaning we squeeze into three lanes.|
|Then length is 25 meters, a rarity around here but a standard for international competitions.||I’m no good on figuring out my intervals for short-course meters.|
And then there’s the ugly: the women’s locker room. The drains are at high points in the floor, making them ineffective at actually draining water and resulting in the formation of stagnant, hair- and scuzz-filled lakes in the lower-lying areas such as in front of the sink and by the lockers. There used to be rubber mats on the floor, which helped, but they disappeared a while ago. If I were coordinated enough, I would use platform flip-flops when visiting here, so as to reduce my chances of contracting Legionnaires’ disease.
If my rousing endorsement has convinced you to visit this pool, you can try it with my team or a few other teams that swim here, or buy a small package of visitor passes. Forewarned is forearmed.