Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Astoria pool looks very uncool
"These vestiges of the early 20th century undoubtedly will be enjoyed by future generations of New Yorkers and provide them with a wonderful way of connecting to the City's past." - NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe upon the designation of Astoria Pool as an NYC landmark.
Check out the condition of the diving pool:
It was closed in 1981 after trespassing incidents and has lain dormant for decades due to safety concerns. It has been allowed to fall into disrepair and the bottom now resembles a rancid bog.
"We should no longer allow such a once vibrant space to remain as stagnant as a dirty puddle. This pool has great potential," Vallone said. "The notion that this pool should be left to rot simply does not hold any water." (Good point, bad pun.)
Now you know the location of yesterday's "mystery landmark".