Wednesday, Aug 05, 2015
By Jonathan Smith
"If you lived in New York City in 2009, you remember the stories about the "dumpster pools" set up in an undisclosed lot somewhere in Gowanus, Brooklyn. They were the stuff of legend. New York in the summer is basically a crematory made out of asphalt and trash, so when rumors of an oasis amid the warehouses in south Brooklyn began to circulate, things escalated quickly. The now-defunct DIY magazine ReadyMade broke the dumpster pool story but withheld the location in a nice attempt at keeping the small space under wraps. After ricocheting around the Brooklyn blogosphere for a couple of weeks, however, the story landed in the Times, which led to a national frenzy about the pools. Stories about the dumpsters appeared everywhere from ABC News to NPR to the Daily News, and at one point even Oprah called the organizers—personally—to ask about having them on her show. The secret was out, and all of New York was trying to figure out how to get an invite to one of the pools' private parties."