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#1 2013-09-09 14:47:18

ed d
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The AQUACADE

Anyone ever go swimming in the Aquacade..at the old Worlds Fair Grounds?? I used to go on Saturday Mornings and it cost a big...DIME...nice place to cool off and also to meet girls

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#2 2013-09-09 17:40:29

Mike
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Re: The AQUACADE

I went to that pool often Ed. Nice place - had lots of fun.
I don't remember what the fee was when I was a kid, but it was still relatively cheap.
There was a fee for the lockers too, just one coin, maybe a dime or a quarter. There were keys in the lock of the empty lockers, but you couldn't get the key out until you put the coin in. I THINK you got that coin back when you unlocked it when you went back to get your clothes and sneakers. I can't swear to that.
Prices have risen so fast and so often for as long as I can remember, I couldn't tell you what the price of any item was 4 years ago let alone 45 years ago!

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#3 2013-09-09 17:58:48

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I have another thing to say about that place, but I'm watching the mens final (cbs)  taking place just a short distance from where the Aquacade used to be.

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#4 2013-09-09 18:42:22

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Remember the Aquacade well. The swimming pool me and my buddies went to most often. Diving board, and the platform that the show divers would use, although only the lower level platform were we allowed to use,(Thank god, lol).

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#5 2013-09-09 20:14:25

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The Aquacade was a great place to swim and it was close to home.
Spent quite a few Saturdays taking a dip in their big pool.
On a hot summers weekend I would rally my girlfriend Judy and along with her bother Andy and my brother Bob we would hop on our bikes and ride over to the Aquacade to have a nice swim.


Great memories of a bygone era

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#6 2013-09-12 11:48:13

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I was fortunate to have been around during the Aquacade's heyday. Remember some of the old Ester Williams movies where she and her troupe perform all those water ballets. I was able to attend couple of shows where I saw the spectacular water ballets minus Ester Williams.

I also remember the fireworks shot off from the Aqua shows every Wed. or was it Thurs. night.

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#7 2013-09-12 14:39:10

ed d
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I used to sit on the terrace of our house and watch the fireworks on Thurs. night from the Aquacade.

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#8 2013-09-12 15:07:34

Mike
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Ed and Jimbo, when I was a kid we used to ride our bikes to and all around the fair grounds, but in the late 60's leaving bikes out of sight anywhere, chained and locked or not, odds were great it would not be there when we returned. We would walk when going to the pool or Shea.
It's a shame, but that's how it was when I grew up.

As a teen in the early 70's one of the guys had an older friend (older, early 20's lol) who worked for the parks department or whoever ran that pool. He worked in the pump room for the recycling of the water for the filtration system, so he had the keys to get in there.
One night it was arranged that we would meet there and have a little party in the pump room and he would show us what it looked liked and how it worked after the pool was closed and the park was empty. We walked down a long dark steel staircase to get to the pump room.
There was beer and smoking things going on.

After about a half hour my inquisitive mind starts looking up at these multiple HUGE pipes above coming into these pumps and back out.
I asked the guy who got us in there "where are we in comparison to the pool?"
He said "we're not directly underneath the pool, but right next to it and a bit lower than the deep end" pointing at the top of the wall.
I looked back up at those HUGE water pipes for a few minutes and said "I have to get up early tomorrow guys, I gotta go home and get some sleep."
I walked back up the stairs, out through the park and through Corona back home to Elmhurst.
I've always been a bit claustrophobic and I deal with it, but sitting in a death trap under thousands of pounds of water that could possibly fill this room in the blink of an eye if somthing failed was a little too much at the time.
I don't think it would bother me as much today.

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#9 2013-09-12 15:26:25

ed d
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Mike,  I always felt the same way when going home thru the Queens Midtown Tunnel

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#10 2013-09-12 16:12:22

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Hi Boardbuddies: I also remember swimming at the Aquacade with my family. I seem to recall wire baskets that you would rent to put your clothes in and then they would lock them up for you(similar to the Wallcliff swimming pool that was located in Elmont, Nassau County). I remember that the Aquacade was a left over building from the previous Worlds Fair.  DrSteve

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#11 2013-09-12 18:06:30

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Mike, sad to say that bicycle theft had became a serious problem. You were usually OK if you were able to chain your bike to an immovable object such as a bike rack but to leave it on it's own was bad news.

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#12 2013-09-12 18:20:51

Mike
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DrSteve, long time. Good to hear from you. Can we assume you are retired now?
I hope all is well with you and yours.

Ed, in the 90's I worked with a guy that told me he was once stuck in traffic at a standstill in the Midtown Tunnel as a teen in the back of a car full of teens. As they sat still he noticed the water dripping from the top, and even more water running down the walls of the tunnel.
Thinking about where he was, he said he silently panicked BIG TIME.
Now in his early 60's, he has never drove thru a tunnel since then, and still walks up 5 stories to his office everyday to avoid the elevator.

Funny how the mind works, who's to say bridges are safer than tunnels in NYC?
Theoretically, anything can fail.
Get drowned like a rat from above, or fall hundreds of feet to the same fate.
Ya' gotta do what you gotta do, and just go on.

It's just life in the big city. LOL!

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#13 2013-09-12 19:08:45

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Mike

I know just how you feel about bridges. Traveling across the 59th street bridge every night for about 17 years scared the wits out of me.  I often thought what would happen if the bus somehow fell into the river. To this day, I get the creeps going over the 59th street Bridge.  Queens midtown tunnel isn't so bad. It's a short run. The Holland or Lincoln Tunnel much longer and scarier. Those 2 never end.

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#14 2013-09-13 14:08:14

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Hello Mike,Sal,Herb,Jimbo,Olivia et al: Thanks for the welcome back! Mike..you have a great memory...Yes I am now officially "retired" although I am trying to stall taking my social security. It's "No more tension, hello pension time". My wife(also a psychologist as is my daughter) plans to retire this coming June 2014. This retirement gig takes some getting used to, however I find that I am filling my days with going to a gym 3x/wk, reading, doing chores and am even contemplating performing volunteer work at a public school or nearby Hospital. In the past I have shared my personal insect collection(they are mounted and in frames) as well as my personal fossil collection (some dating back 600 million years) with children in public as well as in parochial schools. I enjoy the interaction with students. Now that I have more time...maybe I will be able to contribute more to the posted topics. Regards to you all. DrSteve

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#15 2013-09-13 15:26:08

mango
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Welcome to the land of Retirement. Enjoy it

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#16 2013-09-13 19:40:36

ed d
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Dr. Steve...NU?   welcome back, and hope you are enjoying the good life.  An alter cocker collection of fossils you got there.

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#17 2013-09-13 20:17:31

Sal
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Dr. Steve Congratulations on your big move. The end of this month marks my 9th year of full time work. Although my wife's health has worsened, I find time to keep busy everyday.

Mike & Frm. 28th Street, Looking back to my teen years ,makes me wonder how many dangerous runs I made over the 59th St. Bridge.
After 9/11 the train ride under the Hudson was pretty scary each morning.

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#18 2013-09-13 21:04:41

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Hello Sal: Sorry to hear about your wife's health worsening. I hope that improved health is in her future. All the best to you & your wife.DrSteve

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#19 2013-09-14 07:23:06

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Dr Steve--I live in the midst of a huge fossil collection (myself included). It's called Leisure Village. All fossils still alive & kickin'. Any time you want to head out east & visit our collection, feel free to stop by.  LOL

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#20 2013-09-30 12:47:29

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Olivia, back in the olden days Leisure Village dwellers were well known for their sale of used cars. The for sales were posted on the community bulletin and everyone knew that a used car coming from an older person were usually well cared for and you got good value for your money.

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#21 2013-09-30 17:49:22

Olivia
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Thanx Jim, good to know. I'm waiting for my '02 Camry to become a burden. But, like all Camrys, it'll probably outlive me. I no longer buy new cars, but I'd like a gently used Prius. I've driven my daughter's Prius & I love it.

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#22 2013-09-30 18:21:32

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Olivia, I too own and drive a Camry... it has a V6 and has some get up and go, great car.
My wife's very close friend bought a Prius when they first came out and loves it. The car is still going strong and it get's about 40 some odd miles to the gal. She claims the Prius has enough pep not too drag badly while driving through our moutain country.

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#23 2013-09-30 18:57:24

Sal
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O- My '87 Camry LE 4 cyl. lasted me for 17 faithful yrs.,passed it on to family was still going until last years.  As for the Prius-C/R tested a 10 yr. old model,specs were on the money as when new!

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