Dumpsters Make Splash as Swimming Pools

In Brooklyn, people clamor to get into ultra-private urban pools
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2009 11:00 AM CDT
A Waste Management dumpster is full at the end of the day in Houston Thursday, April 26, 2007.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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(Newser) – The newest hangout for the recession chic set is the Dumpster—transformed into a swanky pool. The repurposed, invitation-only trash bins, hidden on a private lot in Brooklyn, are gaining a reputation in the blogosphere and could soon pop up in formerly dingy strip malls. “It’s a very simple concept. There aren’t that many places to swim in New York,” the project manager tells the New York Times. And Dumpsters “are everywhere; they’re ubiquitous.”

Surplus Dumpsters are cleaned, lined with plastic, and filled with filtered water. Add a few cabanas, a boccie court, and some lounge chairs, and you have a secret oasis. The company hopes to use the concept to turn strip malls into artsy destinations. “It’s amazing,” says one partygoer. “It makes you wonder, as so many things in New York do, what’s behind every wall that you can’t see past.”