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NYC approves site for futuristic floating pool

New York City has approved the location of a new floating pool that will be constructed in the East River. 

The futuristic floating swimming pool will be situation slightly north of the Manhattan Bridge on the city's Lower East Side, it is understood. 

The project by start-up company + Pool describes its aim as 'reclaiming the river as a recreational resource for the city, while educating the public about issues affecting our water quality.'

New York City has approved the location of a new floating pool that will be constructed in the East River. Artists impression above 

The futuristic floating swimming pool will be situation slightly north of the Manhattan Bridge on the Lower East Side, it is understood

The project by start-up company + Pool describes its aim as 'reclaiming the river as a recreational resource for the city, while educating the public about issues affecting our water quality'

The plan is called + Pool after its plus-sign shape that is meant to accommodate swimmers seeking all forms of the diversion.

One arm of the pool will be for kids, another for swimming laps, the third for water sports and the fourth for lounging.

The pool will be fed by river water that has undergone a cleaning process to be filtered from 'bacteria and contaminants' so that it is left with only 'clean, safe and swimmable river water'. 

On the project's website, it states: 'Manhattan is an island — literally surrounded by water — but we haven't been able to swim safely in the river for decades. 

The plan is called + Pool after its plus-sign shape that is meant to accommodate swimmers seeking all forms of the diversion 

'It started with a simple idea: instead of trying to clean the entire river, what if you started by cleaning it piece by piece? And what if you could change how New Yorkers see their rivers, just by giving them a chance to swim in it? 

'+ POOL will clean more than 600,000 gallons of river water every single day. No chemicals, no chlorine, just natural river water.'

The guys behind the big idea are architect Dong-Ping Wong, 31, of the New York architecture firm Family and graphic designers Archie Lee Coates IV, 28, and Jeffrey Franklin, 28, of the design studio PlayLab, Inc. 

One arm of the pool will be for kids, another for swimming laps, the third for water sports and the fourth for lounging

The project was conceived in 2010 and had raised over $41,000 in fundraising by 2011, when it was first pitched to city officials. 

Once it was given the green light, a Kickstarter fundraiser in 2013 raised over $300,000 which went towards a prototype that was tested in the Hudson River in 2014.

The start-up had been progressing with its idea since then until the Covid-19 pandemic put the entire project on hold. 

Speaking to Curbed on Friday, + Pool managing director Kara Meyer said they have now been given the go-ahead for the next stage of the process. 

'We have a home. Mayoral candidates are talking about it... We are going to move forward,' she said. 

The start-up will next have to grapple with the issue of funding. The pool is expected cost between $20 million and $25 million, most or all of which will have to come from private revenues. 

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