5. The Astoria Pool Was Given a Grandiose Design Because It Had a Great View of the Triborough Bridge

During the summer of 1936, Robert Moses initiated a campaign to open eleven new pools throughout the city. Today, Astoria Park, located along the East River, holds one of the largest swimming facilities in the country. According to legend, its main pool, which measures 330 feet in length, was purposefully designed to be grand because it held the best view of the Triborough Bridge, which was completed in the same year. Check out some of the fun Art Deco elements in this pool complex.