Posted in NYC | music | music on May 12, 2006

AGORA @ MCCAREN POOL (via Tien who has more)
McCarren Pool

We've all been wondering what's the deal with the Bloc Party/Secret Machines/Mew show at McCarren Pool in Brooklyn this summer. NYU/NY Times has the answer....

The Parks Department estimates the cost of restoring the McCarren pool at upward of $40 million, and at the moment no one is willing to foot the bill.

That is where Ron Delsner Presents (Clear Channel) stepped in. Last summer, the company paid for a modest cleanup so the pool could accommodate an experimental dance performance by Agora, a troupe founded by the French-Canadian choreographer NoƩmie LaFrance. It was the first public event to grace the graffiti-covered space since it had closed. Because of the donation, Ron Delsner Presents received a contract to present 10 more events this summer.

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Comments (32)

good investigative report B.Vegan

now where's scooby?

Posted by shadow | May 12, 2006 3:25 PM

Zoiks!

Posted by musicsnobbery | May 12, 2006 4:25 PM

Wow, what a great-looking space. So open.

I'm sure they'll find some way to ruin that.

Posted by J | May 12, 2006 4:41 PM

...like fill it with thousands of people. i think that's what they have in mind.

Posted by jerry | May 12, 2006 5:18 PM

actually, newsday (of all publications) scooped the times with this info back in january. they claimed ron delsener presents would put on six concerts this spring/summer. there is also a listing around for an iron and wine show on august 17.

Posted by eddy | May 12, 2006 5:26 PM

actually, newsday (of all publications) scooped the times with this info back in january. they claimed ron delsener presents would put on six concerts this spring/summer. there is also a listing around for an iron and wine show on august 17.

Posted by eddy | May 12, 2006 5:26 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of security walls, etc., Jerry.

Though yeah, people suck.

Posted by J | May 12, 2006 5:49 PM

robots on the other hand, rule.

Posted by daniel | May 12, 2006 5:55 PM

http://www.poolproject.org/

fairly informative about renovation plans. though, nothing on the shows.

Posted by daniel | May 12, 2006 5:57 PM

I thought that would be a good solution, too, Daniel. I built an army of concert-going hipster robots, and programmed them to just stand there, cross their arms, and nod.

Unfortunately, whenever I turned them on they wouldn't stop asking me if I knew about "this Beirut kid." 2 or 3 of them have blogs, now. A bit of a disaster.

Posted by J | May 12, 2006 6:14 PM

i was thinking more along the lines of daft punk, but im flexible.

Posted by daniel | May 12, 2006 6:39 PM

i fucking hate robots

Posted by the m train | May 12, 2006 8:56 PM

SHOW: BLOC PARTY/SECRET MACHINES/MEW

VENUE: MCCARREN PARK POOL (BROOKLYN)

DATE: 7/29/06

Posted by moy | May 20, 2006 12:49 PM

Just wait until next week...a big press release is being send out...JELLYNYC is doing a 10 week free series featuring really cool bands like Spankrock, Deerhoof, Of Montreal, The Walkmen, etc...and they are ALL FREE!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2006 10:42 AM

On, June 24th myopenbar.com is also sponsoring an almost free Stella Artois beer garden in the McCarren Park Pool as part of the Billyburg Short Film Fest. Michael Showalter MCs, and I hear Japanther will be playing too...

Posted by rebecca smeyne | May 26, 2006 2:18 PM

whats the security like at McCarren Pool

Posted by nick | June 4, 2006 12:30 AM

whats the security like at McCarren Pool

Posted by nick | June 4, 2006 12:30 AM

Armed guards with licenses to kill and orders to shoot you (yes, you) on sight.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2006 9:25 AM

All you guys are sooo off the hook. You move into our neighborhood and think that you know what is going on.. You have invaded our space, taken over our trains and housing and, oh yeah, are trying to re-build the pool. They can finance a war in Iraq and can't rebuild this pool. You know why??? Because the people that will be using it the most will be hispanic and blacks and that will certainly not be cool for all those who have moved into tready "Williamsburg." This site is a joke..

Posted by Jennifer | June 6, 2006 11:35 PM

^PMS^

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2006 7:08 AM

^PMS^

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2006 7:09 AM

i'm having trouble finding the exact location of this venue online.. as in how to get there and the such can anyone help me out?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2006 12:14 AM

i'm having trouble finding the exact location of this venue online.. as in how to get there and the such can anyone help me out?

Posted by Anonymous | June 30, 2006 12:15 AM

It is on Lorimer Street between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street. Take the G to Nassau Ave (1 block from the park) or the L to Lorimer Street (7 blocks). The B43, B48 and B61 buses all go there too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 5, 2006 9:59 PM

Ok the question on most peoples mind is will they serve alcohol? or is it byob?

Posted by Greeneggy | July 9, 2006 3:35 PM

The question on MY mind is, will the chicks who go to the free shows be hot AND easy?

Posted by hipster scum | July 9, 2006 7:44 PM

everybody wants to be a hipster, but nobody wants to BE a hipster.

why is it that everyone can agree that hipsters exist and yet, no one actually IS a hipster? in fact, those that are hipsters, by my standards, ridicule OTHER people that are hipsters, by my standards. it's like they're a myth or something froliking around with unicorns and leprechauns! always talked about, but where the hell are they?!
you will go to mccarran park in a hipster neighborhood and you will do what hipsters do in your hipster outfits, because you came to see your hipster band, so just shut up!

Posted by ... | July 16, 2006 12:07 AM

I guess we should close the local beaches cause blacks and hispanics go there.And splish splash the rated #5 water park in the country cause blacks and hispanics go there. Lets us not forget Shea,all the schools and various other parks and attractions that blacks and hispanics frequent through out our city. Lets just shut down everything cause TRENDY PEOPLE are moving in town and they dont like mixing with the locals.
Well guess what, the pool closed because the CITY let it run down. I know cause my family goes back BEFORE they built mccarren park.
And like the city REBUILDS everything else they should rebuild the park. If these "TRENDY PEOPLE" dont like it, they can just go back to where they onced lived.
My brother used to go to the dive pool at the park. And because of the accidents, this was the ultimate end for the facility. (INSURANCE)
If they do rebuild they should divide the pool into different quadrents. Such as a large pool for adults, a smaller wading pool for tots,and maybe a slide pool, which by the way are popular on the island, for older kids.
And if all that goes there are blacks and hispanics, OH WELL!. I guess they live in the area. If they can afford to pay, whats wrong with that. The mentallity of the people has changed alot over the years. Espechilly since 9-11. If you pay attention you can see it change. Look at Bushwick as an example. Yeah it stills needs some work. But brother its a big change from 30 yrs ago. The people needs these parks to catch a break. Like I did as a child with my parents back in the late 50's. Before my father could afford a car.
So don't let some money hungry mongol with a "BEARD" decide to build some houses there for some "TRENDY PEOPLE",instead of a pool or the rest of the park for that matter.
Lets rebuild the whole park for EVERYONE,not for SOMEONE. Thats the way it was in the beginning.
OH! And by the way in case your wondering what my nationally is.
I'm a AMERICAN-ITALIEN. And like my father use to say, CAUSE AMERICA COMES FIRST!

VIVA BROOKLYN!!!!
I may live on Long Island, but my HEART is still in Brooklyn with family.

Posted by SALVATORE | September 4, 2006 2:55 AM

VIVA McCarren!

I was there when it was a POOL! A great place to spend the summer. Now, it's a place for "Block Parties"? It's a POOL! And it should be looked upon as a historic place and efforts made to return it to it's original condition. There are plenty of other "spaces" in Brooklyn for the trendy and hip who can afford the cost. My heart is still in Brooklyn and it's sad to see the old neighborhood changing for a dollar, a Clear Channel Dollar. Wake up Brooklyn! McCarren POOL is going to disappear. No one will remember it! Next it will be you who is no longer part of your neighborhood and, as with McCarren, a little whitewash (no pun intended!) and some lights and some loud "music" and you will be gone! A Living Historic Monument? It should be! Otherwise, it's doomed to the history books. What's next? Greenpoint?

Posted by Brooklyn Boy | October 16, 2006 8:49 PM

Artist neighborhoods never last forever, esp. in the face of Real Estate development. Just because some of you have been here for 10 years running cafes and opening stores and living in old buildings means nothing. You live in a capitalist city, people. Always been that way, always will be. Period.

Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2007 9:17 PM

The hipsters or shall I say, "trendy people with money" are in for real suprise. They are lead to believe that the pool is for the residents of the condo's in that area. I mentioned to a potential condo buyer that the pool will be opened to anyone in and out of Greenpoint and that means the good, the bad and the dangerous. The potential buyer was also admiring the park below the balcany and the track. I have to say, it did look cool. Oh by the way, I mentioned to him that when the nice weather comes, you would have to keep the balcony door shut because all the smoke from the BQ's, birthday parties on the grass, beer bottles crashing,and of course drunken fights. Yea, go ahead, spend your money in my neighborhood. You'll never fit in.

Posted by Patty | March 10, 2008 8:09 PM

not too bad
nice!! i can't express how much I love IT, oh yeah, the nation are pretty good too.

Posted by WOW GOLD | December 3, 2008 12:38 AM

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