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    McCarrren Park Pool's 2008 Free Concert Lineup Announced

    by Joe Pompeo | May 28, 2008


    During the summer, a lot of people like to do summery things like relaxing on the beach, barbecuing in the park, going to baseball games. Maybe even, if they have rich friends, getting a little sailing time in. But on those hot and sticky days in Williamsburg, the kids like to hang out in a big, empty, concrete, waterless, treeless, shadeless swimming pool with festering port-a-potties for toilets. To each his own!

    At least McCarren Park Pool hosts free concerts—“Pool Parties,” as they are called—all summer long. (If you missed Superchunk last year, we feel sorry for you.) Brooklyn Vegan has this season’s lineup, which is sure to please the early-20-something Brooklyn set with performances by the likes of The Hold Steady, Liars, Deerhunter and the Black Lips. Also, rumor has it the Breeders are headlining the July 13 slot. Full schedule after the jump.

    2008 POOL PARTIES Line Up

    JUNE 29
    The Hold Steady
    The Loved Ones
    J Roddy and the Business

    JULY 6
    Ronnie Spector
    The Rabbit Factory Soul Revue, Featuring:
    Roscoe Robinson
    Ralph 'Soul' Jackson
    Hermon Hitson
    and Wiley & The Checkmates

    JULY 13
    (Headliner TBA)
    Matt + Kim
    The Whip

    JULY 20
    **** Buttons
    Team Robespierre

    JULY 27
    Black Moth Super Rainbow
    Ting Tings

    AUGUST 3
    Black Lips
    King Khan + His Shrines
    Tall Firs

    AUGUST 10

    AUGUST 17
    Aesop Rock
    Special guests

    AUGUST 24

    © 2008 Observer Media Group

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    September 4, 2008

    ‘Pool’ parties may not be over

    The plan for the renovated McCarren Park Pool may include a small indoor music hall, a nod to the pool's recent history as a concert venue.

    By Ben Muessig
    The Brooklyn Paper

    The fat lady — or, more accurately, the guy in skinny jeans — hasn’t sung for the final time in Greenpoint’s McCarren Park Pool.

    Live music might remain a part of the landmarked the Lorimer Street pool after it is refurbished to welcome swimmers for the first time since 1984.

    The brand new horseshoe-shaped swimming pool, ice-skating rink and community center that are scheduled to open in 2011 also includes an indoor performance space, said Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson.

    It just won’t rival the size of the abandoned pool — which had room for 7,000 concert-goers and featured high-profile acts like M.I.A., Yo La Tengo, and Sonic Youth, who played the final outdoor show at the venue on Aug. 30.

    “There is going to be an exercise room, space for yoga, and there might be space for small performances,” Abramson said.

    The Parks Department couldn’t estimate how many music fans could fit in the 4,800-square-foot space, but JellyNYC concert promoter Dan McGinley said the space would be too small for even a truncated version of his organization’s raucous outdoor shows that boasted slip ’n’ slides and dodgeball games.

    “We can certainly do shows that size, but it wouldn’t be a Pool Party,” said McGinley, who started throwing shows in the McCarren pool in 2003.
    JellyNYC is still searching for a new Williamsburg or Greenpoint venue that could host next summer’s Pool Parties, and neighborhood activist Evan Thies says it’s not too late to find an equally aquatic venue for the 2009 season.

    “Hopefully it’s the end of these types of events in the pool and the start of a new series out on the waterfront,” Thies said.

    But even if the Pool Parties find a new site for next summer, the renovation of McCarren Park — though good for the neighborhood — would mark the end of an era, said blogger Keith Wagstaff, who runs the seminal Web site Williamsburg is Dead.

    “Everyone I’ve talked to feels bittersweet about the Pool Parties,” Wagstaff said. “The pool had that kind of gritty, Williamsburg aesthetic that people move here for. It would definitely lose some of its cachet if the shows are just in a park, but most people realize that it would serve more of the community if there actually was a pool instead of it just being for the white 20-something hipsters.”

    ©2008 The Brooklyn Paper

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    MTA yanks McCarren Park Pool ‘Fight Club’ posters

    The MTA on Thursday was ripping down posters plastered around a subway station
    in Williamsburg that advertised a "Fight Club" at McCarren Park Pool.

    July 26, 2012

    The MTA on Thursday was ripping down posters plastered around a subway station in Williamsburg that advertised a "Fight Club" at McCarren Park Pool, an apparent prank capitalizing on the recent spate of violence that has marred the pool's reopening.

    One Williamsburg resident, Carl Wray, said the posters’ message was “just gross.”

    The posters, which were first seen around the Bedford station on Wednesday were "definitely unauthorized," MTA spokeswoman Marisa Baldeo told the Daily News. She said nobody had brought them to the attention of the station agent until Thursday so "it was impossible to say" who might be behind them.

    The posters also went up on buildings and utility poles around the Brooklyn neighborhood.

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    I think it's funny.

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