NYC Pools You Can Swim in Right This Second

And maybe sip a cocktail

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Unless you have a house in the Hamptons or are BFFs with Mary-Kate Olsen, New Yorkers don’t get much quality pool time in the summer.

This year, we’re changing that.

Here are seven pristine pools in NYC you can swim in right now. Dive in.

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Mr. Purple

Mr. Purple

This brand-new pool on the roof of Hotel Indigo in the Lower East Side has, hands down, one of the most beautiful views in the city. Grab brunch inside, then sip a cucumber margarita by the water. On Monday through Thursday, it's $50 to swim all day.

180 Orchard St. (at Stanton St.); 212-237-1790 or

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The Beach at Dream Downtown

The Beach At Dream Downtown

It’s chic, it’s beautiful, and for $60 on weekdays, you could be swimming in it...if you can get past the bouncers at the door. The heated, glass-bottomed pool is only the beginning: There are also cabanas, cocktails and real sand.

355 W. 16th St. (at Ninth Ave.); 212-229-2559 or

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McCarren Hotel & Pool

Mccarren Hotel & Pool

Ditch the overly crowded McCarren Park Pool and get a $45 day pass to this delightful pool on the ground-floor terrace of the McCarren Hotel instead. Sip a Fresca de Sandia (watermelon and tequila slushy) and enjoy the absence of splashing kids.

160 N. 12th St. (at Berry St.), Brooklyn; 718-218-7500 or

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La Piscine at Hotel Americano

La Piscine At Hotel Americano

Whelp, you probably won’t be swimming laps in this teeny four-foot rooftop pool, but for the price of a $40 day pass, you can jump in and cool off, then lounge on a plush daybed in the sun.

518 W. 27th St. (at Tenth Ave.); 212-525-0000 or

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Equinox Printing House

Equinox Printing House

OK, hanging out in the pool for the day is fine, but what if you want to spend every damn day of the week there? Get a $185 monthly pass to the sprawling rooftop pool at this West Village Equinox location and you’re set for all of June.

421 Hudson St. (at Clarkson St.); 212-243-7600 or

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The James New York

The James New York

Your Saturday afternoons just got way more fun. Starting at 3 p.m. on weekends, this South Village rooftop pool hosts parties open to the public. It’s small, but have you seen the view?

27 Grand St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-465-2000 or

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Le Parker Meridian

Le Parker Meridien

This pool is inside a sunroom, so you’re not actually in the elements--but it’s huge, clean and empty on weekdays, so who cares? For a $150 day pass, you can treat yourself to the most luxurious pool party ever. Oh, and you can order room service.

119 W. 56th St. (at Sixth Ave.); 212-245-5000 or

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From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.