The ‘Plus Pool’ Might Soon be a Reality off Two Bridges Coastline

Posted on: May 10th, 2021 at 5:05 am by

Designed by PLAYLAB, INC. and Family New York. Rendering by Luxigon

More than ten years in the making, a daring pool pitch is a lap closer to reality in the East River. Just in time for a slate of new luxury skyscrapers.

The so-called Plus Pool (stylized +POOL), that intriguing self-filtering swimming pool, will park in the Two Bridges neighborhood in the not-so-distant future, according to Curbed. Location chosen is the waters between the Manhattan Bridge and Pier 35. (Where those waterfalls were thirteen years ago.)

“We have an official confirmation to succeed with the next steps for the project,” Kara Meyer, Plus Pool’s managing director, told told the real estate blog. “We have a home. Mayoral candidates are talking about it.”

As part of the chatter, there is now an official rendering that teases this bonkers amenity.

“We are going to move forward [with] due diligence,” Meyer says. “The next big hurdle is regulation.”

The Plus Pool is a left-field idea that originated back in 2010 between design consultant friends Archie Lee Coates and Jeff Franklin, along with architect Dong-Ping Wong. By the following year, media outlets celebrated this self-filtering swimming pool system, which would allow New Yorkers to swim legally and safely in the polluted waterway for the first time in more than 70 years.

The pool – roughly Olympic size (164 feet by 164 feet) and shaped like a giant plus sign – almost instantly captured the imagination of Gotham. A few years later, in 2013, Time magazine named Plus Pool one of the 25 best inventions of 2013.

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