It was on a typical New York City summer day -- sweltering and humid -- that Dong-Ping Wong first wanted to jump into the East River, the heavily trafficked waterway separating Manhattan Island from the Queens and Brooklyn boroughs.
Most New Yorkers -- apart from a few diehards -- refuse to test those murky waters because of the prevailing stigma that the East River is unsanitary.
But what if you could swim in the river worry-free? That was Wong’s nagging wish. With views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Financial District, and far-off Lady Liberty, an East River dip would make for one memorable swim.
Wong teamed up with two designers, Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin, and the trio hatched + Pool: a $15 million Olympic-sized swimming pool for the East River they hope to open in 2016.
Like the city’s High Line, a popular park built on top of an elevated freight line, the + Pool seeks to restore an urban area for wide public enjoyment and engagement. To make it safe for swimmers,Read More »from A Safe, Leisurely Swim in NYC’s East River