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Swimming time at Astoria Pool

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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012 12:49 pm | Updated: 2:28 am, Thu Oct 11, 2012.

Queens, NY — New York City residents wasted no time — they dove right in.

The Astoria Pool opened on Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m. Hundreds filled the olympic-sized pool located at  21 Hoyt Ave. North in Astoria Park to beat the 90 degree heat.

Hassan Mouchkelly and his daughter Lena were visiting from Washington, DC and took some time for a dip. The pool, which is the biggest public pool in the city, was swimming with groups of kids and parents.

"This place is huge. I can't find my friends that I came with," Hassan said.  

Cornelius Easterling and Daquan Robinson joined their friend Adonis Mieves, who lives in Astoria, for a day at the pool.

They said they were having a good time as they took a break from the water on the pool's bleachers. 

The pool was founded in 1936 by then-Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. It opened to much fanfare on July 4, 1936 when the Olympic tryouts for the U.S. swim and diving teams were hosted at the pool. The event returned to the location in 1964.

Check out the July 3 qboro section for the full story and more pictures!

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