McCarren Park Pool
McCarren Park Pool - Description
McCarren Park Pool
POOL PARTIES AND SUMMER SCREENS
On Sundays in the summer, McCarren Park Pool hosts a free concert series from 2pm until 8pm. 2007 artists included: Blonde Redhead, Ted Leo/Rx, The Thermals, Ghostland Observatory, Octopus Project, Man Man, Illinois, I'm From Barcelona, Dengue Fever, TV on the Radio and many more.
These pool parties are free on a first-come first-serve basis, but you are able to RSVP to guarantee entry at http://www.going.com/poolparties. McCarren Park requests that guests please refrain from bringing chairs, bicycles, food/drink, or professional video/photography equipment, unless you have contacted them prior to the event for a press pass. They also request that you "DO feel free to bring along bathing suits, blankets, and a smile!"
Bringing your own booze or food is prohibited, but hot dogs and Brooklyn beer are sold inside.
Tuesdays throughout the Summer, Summer Screen hosts free movies at McCarren Park Pool.
McCarren Park is a public park in New York City, USA. It is located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, and is bordered by Nassau Avenue, Bayard Street, Leonard Street and North 12th Street. It is operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Originally named Greenpoint Park, the park was renamed McCarren Park during the first half of the 1900s after Patrick Henry McCarren (1847-1909), an Irish immigrant who worked in the Williamsburg sugar refineries and eventually became a powerful State Senator in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The park is a popular destination for recreational softball, volleyball, soccer, handball, and other games. It is also used for sunbathing and dog-walking. In late 2004, the park's track was resurfaced and has been a popular destination for running enthusiasts.
The baseball fields of McCarren Park are frequented by members of the punk and indie communities, who gather to participate in league-controlled kickball tournaments, though this is not the primary event held on said fields. For several years, the baseball fields have hosted tournament play for the Hasidim; weekend afternoons provide T-ball and softball games for organized area youth groups; Latino families and friends often utilize the fields to play soccer and volleyball into the late hours of the night.
Since June 2003, McCarren Park has hosted the Renegade Craft Fair, a DIY event. The fair attracts artists and creative types, featuring a wide range of items such as reconstructed clothing, comic books, tote bags and other handmade goods.
McCarren Pool was the eighth of eleven giant pools built by the Works Progress Administration to open during the summer of 1936. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia attended the dedication on July 31, 1936. With an original capacity for 6800 swimmers, the pool served as the summertime social hub for Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The building's vast scale and dramatic arches, designed by Aymar Embury II, typify the generous and heroic spirit of New Deal architecture.
The pool was closed in 1984. The reuse and reconstruction of the pool remained a contentious community issue for many years, until the community came to a consensus plan in 2001. The community sought to reconstruct the facility to encompass a skate park, an indoor recreation/performance center, and a smaller pool that could be converted to a seasonal ice rink. The plan was estimated to cost $26 million an..