Everybody in the barge

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The floating pool will finally open for swimming, soaking, and general relief-seeking on July 4, sources told The Brooklyn Paper.

The barge-borne pool is the dream of Ann Buttenwieser, the urban planner who concocted the idea for the so-called “Floating Pool Lady” nearly three decades ago and raised funding for it through her Neptune Foundation.

That barge is now anchored at the foot of Joralemon Street, a mere eight blocks from Borough Hall.

The splashy news was as welcome as a sprinkler on a steamy summer day.

“We’ve been looking forward to it,” said Judy Stanton, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights Association. “We hope that people enjoy it, and that it doesn’t become a noise issue.”

On the shoreline will be one-acre, man-made beach, where visitors will be able to rent umbrellas, chairs, and munch on Schnack hot dogs. The pool will be able to hold 174 swimmers at a time, with another 226 on the platform.

If all goes swimmingly, the pool will be open every day from Independence Day through Labor Day, from 11 am to 7 pm. And like all city pools, admission is free.

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