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Saturday, July 12, 2021

No, I’m not going to catch Mamma Mia! the movie. I’m not big on musicals, and even if I was, this one’s simply way too girly for me. Even though I like ABBA as much as the next disco-dancer.

But I admit, this poster for the flick has an undeniable allure, with star Amanda Seyfried looking practically angelic. The first couple of times I saw it, while rolling through subway stations, I thought that sea-and-sun background was actually a star-spangled sky of fireworks. Whoever designed it hit it out of the park.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/12/2021 09:02:55 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Movies, Pop Culture
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How’s the prospect of taking a dip in the Hudson River grab you? Especially after reading the Environmental Protection Agency dossier on the history of toxic pollution into the famed waterway?

A dicey proposition, to be sure. But I guess the ongoing cleanup efforts have worked, because there’s now River Pool at Beacon, a 20-foot diameter natural swimzone that’s decidedly unique:

The River Pool, designed by a New York environmental architect named Meta Brunzema, is a wading pool 30 inches deep with a net bottom — like a trampoline — made of Dyneema twine, which is commonly used in body armor vests and rock-climbing ropes. It anchors a dynamic structure with 11 brightly colored fiberglass seats forming the perimeter that floats on the tides and responds to the gentle rhythms of the river. It is open every day but Monday from noon to 6 p.m. in Riverfront Park and has space for 20 swimmers.

And this little cove was inspired by, of all people, Pete Seeger. Which is not so strange, as the folksinging legend now makes his home in Beacon.

My hometown is directly across the river from Beacon, so this has local flavor for me. I remember hearing about the River Pool proposal some time ago; I’m impressed it actually came into being. I’m not much for swimming, chlorinated or non, but this little sight is worth checking out next time I’m in the neighborhood.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/12/2021 08:15:00 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Pop Culture, Science
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