Swanky Rooftop Pool Flunks Cleanliness Test

Sunday, Jul 10, 2011  |  Updated 9:32 PM EDT
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The swanky Gansevoort Hotel rooftop pool may a hotspot for the rich and beautiful -- but apparently one for bacteria, too.

In water cleanliness tests at six swimming sites around the city, the Gansevoort hotel pool was the only one that tested positive for coliform bacteria, which could indicate possible fecal contamination, according to The New York Post, which conducted the tests.

The water also had the highest level of "solids" -- organic and mineral particles that shouldn't be there.

By comparison, the other five pools tested -- all public swimming spots -- had water so clean "they nearly meet drinking-water standards," according to Thomas Mullen, the biochemist who analyzed the water samples for the Post.

The city pools were the Crotona pool in the Bronx, Red Hook in Brooklyn, Dry Dock in lower Manhattan, Astoria in Queens and Tompkinsville in Staten Island.

The Gansevoort, which charges $300 a day to just use the pool, gym and spa, didn't respond to a call from the Post requesting comment.

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