Arts Watch: August Events

chico_and_ritaAugust on the Lower East Side is packed full of great cultural programs. Here are a few noteworthy events to take in:

Ham Fish Pool is Open For the Summer!

Swimmers in Hamilton Fish Pool, Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Good news as we prepare for more high temperatures over the weekend — New York City’s outdoor pools open today! The Olympic size Hamilton Fish Pool at 128 Pitt St. (just below Houston) will be open  from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The popular Adult Lap Swim will begin on Thursday, July 5th and is offered both mornings and evenings from 7:00 – 8:30.  This year swimmers can register online to participate in the annual outdoor lap swim program. If you swim 30 miles or more over the summer you’ll receive a free 30th anniversary t-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female distance swimmers at each pool program.

Weekend Kids’ Pick

Take the kids to the Hamilton Fish pool this weekend.

This will be another hot and steamy July weekend. Pack up the kids and head to the pool at the Hamilton Fish Recreation Center (127 Pitt St., East Houston & Stanton). Built in 1936 and renovated in 1992, the Olympic team practiced in the pool for the 1952 games in Helsinki, Finland. There are two outdoor pools: an Olympic sized pool and a large wading pool for the kids. Pool hours are from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., with a break for pool cleaning between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Good Morning!

A Newly Refurbished Seal Park at the E. River Promenade - photo by

It won’t be quite as hot today — partly sunny and breezy with a high of 87. Tomorrow looks even better.  Coming up today: our Weekend Kids’ Pick, a nice, refreshing local recipe and our monthly look at restaurant health inspections. Also, the HOT! Festival continues at Dixon Place this evening with two fascinating dance performance pieces. Check our Calendar for more on these, and other, Lower East Side events. Stay cool out there!