July 14, 2020
On June 22, 2020, New York magazine’s published an article titled “The Boss of the Beach” detailing the alleged abuse of power of the New York City lifeguard corps. We heard from many folks within our swim community who were disturbed by the article and several groups joined forces to share their experiences that have made swimming in NYC difficult across communities as a result of our city’s current system. Together with fellow water and safe-swimming advocates, we penned this letter to Borough Presidents and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson asking for a thorough investigation into the matter.
We will continue to advocate for systemic change in our city’s practices for public swimming spaces until NYC has a more equitable solution to overseeing the limited public swimming spaces across NYC.