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Hunts Pt. kids left high, dry

<p>The floating pool will reopen at Barretto Point Park Sunday if only kids from the South Bronx can get to it.</p>

The floating pool will reopen at Barretto Point Park Sunday if only kids from the South Bronx can get to it.



As part of its doomsday service cuts, the MTA eliminated a shuttle bus from the 6 train to the waterfront park in Hunts Point, where the pool floats. The MTA says kids can take the Bx6 and walk 11 blocks — through an industrial area known for prostitution and 18-wheelers.


“It’s dangerous and scary,” said mother Yolanda Colon-Rodriguez. Before the shuttle bus, she walked a half-hour from the train to bring her 10-year-old daughter to the park.


“Even in the daytime, I have my Mace out and my keys in my fist. The truck drivers think you are a prostitute; they roll down their window and ask how much. They don’t even care if you have a little kid with you.” One time, a driver exposed himself, she said.


Without the shuttle, Carmen Morales, 62, said she won’t take her grandkids, 10 and 12, to the pool.


“Just turn on the cold water in the shower and tell them get in the tub and play.”

 
 
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