Dumpster Diving in Manhattan

Since my recent report this week on ecological swimming pools, Yahoo has run a story on New York City’s latest conversions of trash dumpsters into public pools. It’s not a new idea, since the British have been converting skips (their word for dumpsters) for years now. The first New York dumpster-dip opened in Brooklyn in July, but Manhattan’s pool conversion made a splash when it debuted this week on high-rent Park Avenue.


dumpster 1

Not to be confused with Long Island’s water park of the same name, this splish-splash and two other water dumpsters hosted 420 swimmers this week and will be opened on a first-come, first-soaked basis Saturdays through the end of August.


dumpster 2

According to Yahoo, only ten soakers at a time can frolic in these 8-by-22 foot dumpsters. Designer David Belt used donated dumpsters, but it cost $200 to move them by truck through the Big Apple.

Down in the Dumps

dumpster 4

Belt’s company, Macro Sea, opened this H-shaped dumpster dandy in Brooklyn, where the pool was surrounded by cabanas and barbecues. The company plans to open more dives in the Atlanta area, setting them up in strip malls.

Skip to My Lou

dumpster 6

The clever British have been doing more than skip conversions for pools, although this one looks like fun to me.  Visit Oliver Bishop Young to see some of their other wacky notions. They’re not to be skipped.

The Ropey Riviera

dumpster 5

“Ropey” is British slang for dubious, and one might think the fellow sunning in this recycled skip has Saint-Tropez on his mind, but ropey water on his bottom.  By the way, the term “dumpster” originated when the trash bin manufacturer Dempsey Dumpster, Inc. brought its products to market. Dumpster divers, however, earned their nickname by sorting through bins in search of food, cast-off clothing, and recyclable bottles. Glad that’s clear.

4 Responses to “Dumpster Diving in Manhattan”

  1. Bart says:

    What are they lining those dumpsters with so that the water does not take on the taint and smell of garbage?

  2. Randy says:

    That is awesome! Such brilliant ideas…I wonder if there is a way to incorporate a slip n slide off the roof into these dumpsters…This makes me want to wander around and see what would make a good swimming pool as it is way cheaper than putting one in.

  3. Emma says:

    I can see dumpster pools easily replacing the traditional above ground home pool. In addition to being eco-friendly there are endless design options to fit the owners taste. Such a cool idea!

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutely Awesome! I like the “H” shaped one in Brooklyn, NY. If they plan on putting them in old strip malls. such as Atlanta, GA. when will that be? Will they have any in Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, or New Orleans LA.? I want to know more!!!

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