Our summer’s end tribute to all the Hotties

Labor Day may have marked the end of another spectacular season at the Douglass-Degraw Pool — but that doesn’t mean all the fun has gone down the drain.

Far from it.

Behold! We present our first annual “Hotties of the Double-D” Floatie Awards, a recognition of some of the good folks who have made this season the best ever at the once-endangered pool at Third Avenue and Nevins Street.

But first, some perspective.

It seems like only months ago when the city said that operating the pool didn’t fit in with its budgetary belt-tightening, that is until dedicated pool users — and this newspaper — battled to save the beloved watering hole.

We knew that re-opening the pool didn’t end our job — indeed, our work was just beginning.

To prevent further catastrophes, we dedicated ourselves to making stars of the people who would have been left high and dry if City Hall had its way.

So each week, we kept the borough abreast of the goings on at the pool with the “Hotties of the Double-D,” a humble feature that allowed pool users to send a strong, simple message to City Hall: Don’t f— with the Double-D. The feature quickly became a must-read in Mayor Bloomberg’s bullpen. You’re welcome, Brooklyn.

And now, without further ado, your 2010 Floatie winners:

Best pool-side hair: Our picture of Shawn Alexis of East Flatbush made us think of Bob Marley lyrics: “Just like a bright and sunny day/Oh we’re gonna have things our way.” Congrats on your Floatie, Shawn!

Best non-swimsuit: Steffani Cohen of East Flatbush looked resplendent in her white dress.

Best pool security: All summer, we heard about the safe, family-like environment as one of the pool’s best attributes. Well, you can thank Flatbush’s Iyong Brown for that.

Best Double-D Dad: Every day is Father’s Day for Anthony Katchuba of Boerum Hill.

Brightest smile: Latoya Terrell of Park Slope is making waves — in a good way. Congrats!

Best illegal accessory: Our shutterbug caught one of our most popular “Hotties of the Double-D,” with an illegal electronic device by the pool — but that’s all right; Stephanie Frangipane can do as she pleases.

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