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Brooklyn, NY - City Decides Not To Cancel Women’s Hours At Williamsburg Pool

Published on: May 26, 2016 11:13 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - Hours after being castigated for its decision to end separate swimming hours for women at a Williamsburg pool, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation has reversed its decision and will allow the program to continue.

Gender segregated swimming has been offered at the Metropolitan Pool and Recreation Center on Bedford Avenue is Williamsburg for years, with women’s only hours offered from 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and between 2:45 PM to 4:45 PM on Sundays.  Several days ago a group of Chasidic women at the pool were told by a lifeguard that the program was to be terminated on June 11th.  Unhappy with the changes, some of the women reached out to Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who attempted to intervene on their behalf.

“We never got a clear answer why the program was coming to a close,” Hikind told VIN News.  “They said it was some kind of human rights issue and that it was discriminatory.  How is it that in New York, where we are so progressive and we try to respect everybody, that we could be so culturally insensitive?”

In a press release sent out this morning, Hikind called upon the Department of Parks and Recreation to reinstate the women’s swimming hours, noting that the pool was open to all women of any race or religion during those hours, not just members of the Chasidic community. Hikind also reported that those who swam at the Williamsburg pool during the women’s hours said that they never saw anyone else waiting to use the facility after they left.

“It was the middle of the day,” said Hikind. “The kids are in school, people are at work and it was just ridiculous.  We are so busy taking care of everyone’s rights.  Why wasn’t anyone consider of the rights of these women?”

Hikind said that he was notified by City Hall this evening that the women’s swimming program would be continuing and he thanked Mayor de Blasio for resolving the problem in a timely manner.  Hikind also praised the women who contacted him and made him aware of the problem.

“It just goes to show you that instead of just accepting what appears to be a bad decision, by standing up and speaking out, they were able to get things done in a very real way,” said Hikind.


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 May 27, 2016 at 02:25 AM Anonymous Says:

So now get to work on the same-gender restrooms.

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 May 27, 2016 at 06:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Could you imagine if it were Muslim women who used the pool....

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 May 27, 2016 at 07:28 AM Secular Says:

Shvimkleid

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 May 27, 2016 at 08:02 AM shimonyehuda Says:

one term diblasio got a phone call from one of his developer bosses. no problem

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 May 27, 2016 at 08:30 AM yankee96 Says:

Dov does it again for frum community !!

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 May 27, 2016 at 08:34 AM Moishe_Mechel Says:

if there was a couple of hours a week set aside for the heiliga transgender, the city wouldn't of had a hava amina 2 even think of depriving them.
BTW - i hope heimisha veiyber know not to bring along thier purses to a public pool

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 May 27, 2016 at 09:03 AM RocklandRes Says:

How is this even remotely legal? Good o'l Hikind.

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 May 27, 2016 at 09:15 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

Why is Hikind dealing with people outside his district all the time?

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 May 27, 2016 at 09:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Why aren't these women working? If they have time to swim they have time to work and shouldn't be getting a dime in benefits.

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 May 27, 2016 at 09:47 AM alterknaker Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why aren't these women working? If they have time to swim they have time to work and shouldn't be getting a dime in benefits.

Not bad, so according to you women are not allowed to swim,

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 May 27, 2016 at 10:03 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why aren't these women working? If they have time to swim they have time to work and shouldn't be getting a dime in benefits.

Why are you posting on blogs insted of working?

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 May 27, 2016 at 10:13 AM mewhoze Says:

I think some of the people post stupid comments here just to see if others will fight with them

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 May 27, 2016 at 10:49 AM Swimmer Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Could you imagine if it were Muslim women who used the pool....

They actually do. Thank you Dov Hikind. The only person who is always there for us.

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 May 27, 2016 at 10:51 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why aren't these women working? If they have time to swim they have time to work and shouldn't be getting a dime in benefits.

Yiddisher antisemite

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 May 27, 2016 at 11:17 AM Anonymous Says:

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mewhoze Says:

I think some of the people post stupid comments here just to see if others will fight with them

You think? Most posters here are just instigators. Btw I read a lot of comment boards v.i.n, is one of the dirtiest in fighting and name calling.

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 May 27, 2016 at 11:18 AM Anonymous Says:

Yeah but wait till a transgender he who becomes a she wants to swim during women's hours. That's a scary thought.

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 May 27, 2016 at 11:25 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Why aren't these women working? If they have time to swim they have time to work and shouldn't be getting a dime in benefits.

I agree with you I bet they are get Medicaid, Section8 and food stamps while us shlubs who work don't have the time to do anything since we are paying for THEIR enjoyment. This is why DOV is really a Dem, he likes to spend and spend.

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 May 27, 2016 at 11:53 AM Moishe_Mechel Says:

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RocklandRes Says:

How is this even remotely legal? Good o'l Hikind.

youre either funny or stupid. i hope its funny

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 May 27, 2016 at 03:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

Why aren't these women working? If they have time to swim they have time to work and shouldn't be getting a dime in benefits.

Jew haters find a way to spread their vitriol on every topic. Idiot.

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 May 29, 2016 at 11:26 AM Boomworm120 Says:

Oh no, we must liberate these women! Surely they want to be swimming with the men, but are being held back by these chauvinist, mysoginist regulations!

(note the sarcasm, please)

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