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Sunday
Aug072016

Secret Pools in Forest Hills, Queens (NYC)

 

When I first moved to New York – I didn’t think I was going to get pools or beaches. In fact, I wasn’t even sure it would get hot enough to enjoy being in the water. And for most of the year, it’s not. But one of the things that makes New York bearable for me is the Summer. The three months of June, July, and August have never been sweeter, than when I experienced them living in New York City.

While my excitement of a hot New York Summer was at its peak, I visited as many beaches as I could find. There are surprisingly quite a few good beaches in the New York City area, and many of them are easily accessible by public transport.

But after spending most of my life on the stunning beaches around Australia, the beaches of New York quickly lost their appeal. Sure being by the ocean was good for my soul, but it was such an effort to get to there, and when I arrived I was regularly disappointed by the chilly water temps and the grey water color.

I started looking elsewhere for my summer water fix. Where there pools in New York City? After some cyber-sleuthing, I discovered the Central Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills and Rego Park have some fantastic outdoor private pools tucked away perfect for summer sun and a swim.

I made it my mission to try each of them for you and here are my favorite secret outdoor pools in Forest Hills, Queens. With a small investment (these aren't public pools) you can enjoy some water fun and sun during the glorious New York Summer (before it disappears). And you can get to them easily on the subway!

 

Birchwood Towers

 

 

Photo credit: MLSLIIn what seems like a hidden location between two tall apartment buildings, the pool at Birchwood Towers is the smallest but perhaps the cutest. An odd goldfish shaped pool and a smaller kiddy pool sit on the entry level and there is a separate sunbathing area on an upper deck. Similar to the Park City Swim Club, Birchwood suffers from a lack of direct sun in the afternoon, so if sunbaking is a priority, then go early.

Birchwood Towers Pool, 102-10 66th Road, Forest Hills, NY 11375. Enter on 66th Road in what looks like a side gate for the building.
Phone: 718 896 4343
Price for weekday visit $12 for children, $15 for adults, and increases on weekends to $15 for children and $20 for adults.
Open every day (10am-6pm) from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

 

Fairview Swim Club

 

 

A huge pool, with equally huge deck area and plenty of sun lounges (though some are reserved for the Summer in advance) are what you can expect at Fairview Swim Club. On the weekends this pool thumps, heaves, and grinds with many people seeking respite from the heat, but also to the beat of DJs who spin tunes and give this pool a real party vibe. There is also a concessions stand onsite, and outside food is not permitted. It’s a little further walk from the subway, but if you plan to get there early (before the line gets long and they start turning people away), it’s worth it.

Fairview Swim Club, 6120 Grand Central Parkway, Forest Hills
Phone: 718 592 0263
Open 11AM – 7PM every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Price for an adult day pass is $30, children is $10. Fairview also offers many options for seasonal individual and family memberships including payment plans. You can buy your day pass online, to avoid the line.
Amenities: concessions and drinks available on site, cabana rentals available, chairs available pending reservations.

 

Park City Swim Club

 

Park City Swim Club has a great location right beside shopping at Rego Center Mall (TJ Maxx, Century 21, Marshalls, and more) which could make a fun day out. There are two pools, Olympic sized pool and a round kiddy pool, both of which are now heated as of Summer 2016. They also have a sweet deal where entry is discounted after 3pm. Unfortunately this is around the time that the setting sun dips behind surrounding buildings, so if you do take advantage of the afternoon discount, you will have to deal with limited direct sun, but it really is the best time to go for a dip as many of the families have left by this time.

 

Park City Swim Club, 98-00 62nd Drive, Rego Park, NY 11374
Phone: 718 830 9634
Price starts from $13 for an adult, based on weekday, weekend/holiday, and discounts after 3pm. Park City also offers seasonal membership plans. Refer Park City Swim Club 2016 brochure.
Amenities: Rentals available for lounges ($7) and cabanas ($25).
Open 11:30AM – 7:00PM every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weekends and holidays open from 10:00AM – 6:00PM.

 

Westside Tennis Club

The pool at Westside Tennis Club is huge and gets full sun throughout the day, but it is part of the prestigious tennis club, and so entry to the pool requires club membership, currently sitting at over $2,000 for the year. If it’s in your price range, it’s certainly worth it to enjoy the junior Olympic pool and the smaller kiddy wading pool.

Westside Tennis Club Pool, One Tennis Place, Forest Hills NY, 11375
Phone: 718 268 2300
Access with annual membership, unfortunately no day passes.
Amenities: chairs, umbrellas, and shaded tents available, concessions/snack bar on site, children’s playground.
Open every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

 

Secret Pools - Mapped Out 

Find them mapped out on Google Maps here, most have easy access from the E/F/M/R subway trains:

 

As my quest for summer swim and sun adventures continue, I would love to hear about the secret pools in your neighborhood.

Share them in the comments below. 

Thursday
Jun182015

6 Tips For A Brighter 5K Color Run

After doing The Color Run, not just once, but twice, I’ve got some tips and tricks up my sleeve on how you can make the most out of the event and make your 5K run even more colorful.

  1. Take a before AND after photo. Although the memories will live on forever, the pictures are going to get the Insta-likes. Take lots throughout the race, but definitely take a before and after.
  2. Get there early and plan to stay after the run. Make sure you pick up your event packet before race day so you don’t have to worry about lines in the morning. Plan to arrive between 30-60 mins before the published start time so you can take in the energy around you. It’s a fun run for a reason so make the most of the music, crazy costumes and dancing before, during and after the race. Not to mention the color throws and dance party post-run.
  3. Bring as little as possible with you.  My kit contained a disposable bottle of water to drink on the way there and then put in the trash, a small armband pocket containing my house key, a credit card, ID, $20 in cash, and of course, my phone, essential for documenting the fun.
  4. Protect your scalp!  If you don’t want to spend the next few days scrubbing colored powder out of your center part, wear a cap or a wig (in white of course!) It’s a great way to look the part, but much easier to get clean in the days afterwards.
  5. Get as much color as possible. Keep your arms down and twirl as you move through the color throws to get a more even color placement – yes there is a strategy involved! You might want to hold your breath and close your mouth at the same time to avoid taking in too much powder.
  6. Finish line smiles. Position yourself by the Flo Foto camera as you cross the finish line and show the world just how happy you are to be done! Then around two weeks later don’t forget to look up your photos online to purchase a copy.

 

Have you done a similar fun run?

Share your tips in the comments>>

Saturday
Aug092014

4 big ideas from the 2014 Content 2 Conversion conference

Earlier this year I attended the Content 2 Conversion conference in New York City to get the buzz on content marketing and lead generation. It’s not often you get to take a day out of the office to mingle with the best content marketers in the business (cue Pam Didner from Intel, Lee Odin from TopRank and Jacky Saayman from Open Text, winner of two Killer Content awards) and eavesdrop on how to drive greater lead generation from content.

Here are the four big ideas I took away with me:

1. Repurpose, Reuse, Refresh.

A whitepaper or webinar is a huge undertaking on their own. They are meaty, lengthy, and rich in depth and detail. But once published it it would be a waste to leave them in their static, stand alone form, waiting for downloads.

Click to read more ...

Friday
Mar212014

Tarley Takes The Color Run

 

So I've been saying for a while, mainly to myself, that something has gotta change. After a year of living, working and eating my way through New York, I desperately need to focus on my health and wellbeing. On the cusp of Spring, I'm having my own awakening.

But I need a goal. Something that's not too far away to give me something to focus on. For some people it's a wedding, for other people it's a marathon. I found mine in The Color Run, or what's dubbed as the "happiest 5k on the planet".

On May 31, The Color Run hits Queens - my home borough in New York City. And this my goal.

To run 5 kms in 10 weeks.

I've never been able to get excited by running. As such I've never considered myself to be a runner. Probably because since high school I haven't been able to run more than one kilometre at a time - even at my fittest.

But, I love colour. Colour makes me happy. And I can get excited about running, dancing, and playing around a 5k track and being doused with colourful paint.

So my 5k adventure starts here, and ends with a very colorful rainbow.

I need all the help I can get. So please, keep me accountable, keep me inspired and help me reach my goal by sending me love and good wishes!

 

- Notes on the Color Run-

  • If you want to run with me in Queens, NY on May 31 or in Brooklyn on July 5, save $10 with this code: COLORNYC
  • The Color Run is GLOBAL and has runs in 30+ countries - yes, even Australia - find your city and country here to train with me
  • More than half of the Color Run's participants are first-time 5k runners, like me. No need to be scared off by 'the professionals' - everyone is there to have fun!
  • You start wearing white and finish plastered in color - what's not to love about that?
Thursday
May232013

Spring Fling

 


And a bird overhead
sang Follow.
And a bird to the right
sang Here.
And the arch of the leaves
was hollow.
And the meaning of
May was clear.
- A.C. Swinburne


Hyacinths and daffodils bloom in the spring at Herald Square in New York City, May 2013.

 

After living in the Big Apple for one whole year, I have now experienced four complete seasons - and trust me they are very different from the sub-tropical (Brisbane/Rockhampton) and temperate (Sydney) climates I am used to in Australia.

I fitted right in during summer; I was fascinated by the leaves fall during autumn; and the novelty of snow got me through my first northern hemisphere winter (it was tougher than I expected!).

But if you ask me what my favourite season is in New York, it would have to be spring.

The poem and photo above help me describe the joy. Brilliant, clear sunshine; crisp, fragrant air, avenues bustling and alive with blooms; with the friendly song and chatter of birds playing amongst the leaves.

Sure, there have been some chilly days and some rainy days, but overall, May has been a very necessary, not to mention absolutely delightful wake from my dark winter slumber.

And the the best thing about spring? It means a glorious summer is right around the corner!

Spring flowers in bloom outside the Ace Hotel in NoMad.

Tulips in bloom at the New York Public Library. 

Wherever you are, what's your favourite season?