Free Outdoor Swimming in NYC

Today was the first day of the outdoor Learn to Swim classes in NYC. If you are interested in signing up for a free swim class, go to and click on the Learn to Swim link. The first session has already started, but you can still sign up for the session II and III, or go to a pool location to sign up for a class. Keep in mind, many locations are filled and you may have to put your name on the waitlist.

There’s free lap swimming. There are free Learn to Swim classes for toddlers, children and adults, senior splash, adapted aquatics, swim team… and if you’re not interested in any of those, then you can go to any outdoor pool from 11am-7pm (typically) and go swimming for free. Gotta love NYC Parks.

What do you do when you see someone litter on the subway or smoke in the park?

Today I was sitting on the subway, holding onto my backpack. Through my peripherals, I saw white, mashed up a ball drop onto the subway floor. I looked up at the man who dropped it: he looked to his right with his hands held in front of his lap. He pretended as if nothing happened!

Should I have told him, “Sir, you dropped your trash on the floor. You should pick it up.”? Though he didn’t look like someone who would beat me up if I said anything, I didn’t want to cause any trouble.

For example, one professor of mine told a man in Central Park to not smoke (because since May 23, 2011, it has been illegal to smoke in NYC parks). The man told him to “f you, and his dog.” Yeah… not exactly the most friendly thing you’ll see.

So who should enforce these public rules? Should laypeople like us, or should there be specific people who enforce these rules?