Posted in music on July 10, 2006

MCCARREN PARK POOL | SUNDAY JULY 9, 2006 (CRED)
Les Savy Fav @ McCarren Park Pool

I was out of town. How was it? Central Village says it was a hit.

Previously
Volunteers needed for McCarren Park Pool Parties
The NY Times does McCarren Pool, outdoor concerts

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Comments (34)

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Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2006 1:35 PM

surprised me too. nice venue for the summer.

Posted by adminboy | July 10, 2006 1:52 PM

I could've done with Holy Fuck (Until Beans showed up), but LSF was dead-on. Great venue, beautiful weather and stunningly awesome set from our hometown boys.

Posted by Scott | July 10, 2006 1:55 PM

couldn't have been better.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2006 1:55 PM

If all the shows there are this good, then this is where I'll be spending every Sunday. So much fun, and so much better than Siren.
where else could you see Tim Harrington get hit by a dodgeball?

pictures here ---> http://jonnyleather.com/news.php

Posted by Jonny Leather | July 10, 2006 1:59 PM

Err, Could've donw WITHOUT Holy Fuck. Welcome to Monday!

Posted by Scott | July 10, 2006 2:04 PM

honestly don't think yesterday could be topped.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2006 3:04 PM

i had a great time there yesterday, but i just remember reading about how much money had been put into it and stuff, and i just didn't see the result of any of that. the "floor" was still very pretty cracked and chopped up concrete, and amenities were quite sparse as compared to summerstage, etc. its perfect for the free afternoon concerts, but i certainly wouldn't pay to see any of the ticketed shows they're having there.

Posted by marty | July 10, 2006 3:22 PM

It was excellent!
I agree with Marty that I wouldn't pay the steep price for the ticketed shows but for a Sunday afternoon weekly it is super perfect.
Dragons of Zynth and LSF were great! ICe Cream Man thanks for free ice cream!!

Posted by camille | July 10, 2006 4:34 PM

i was standing right next to the sound booth, and i thought the audio was horrible. am i the only one? btw, LSF was amazing as usual, even if the sound was wack.

Posted by James | July 10, 2006 5:39 PM

marty, i order you to take classes in urban planning 101 and economics 101 as well as work in any kind of renewal/planning/development type job. please repost when courses/job are completed.

Posted by aj | July 10, 2006 5:49 PM

aj, take it easy. marty is refering to the quote that states, "The Parks Department estimates the cost of restoring the McCarren pool at upward of $40 million..."

obviously they didn't pour $40 million dollars into that. does anyone have any clue how much was spent and how much has been renovated?

the stage is a little too high (6' above the crowd floor, or more). I hope they can lower the platform in the future.

Posted by jerry | July 10, 2006 5:59 PM

apparently Clear Channel is trying to take control over McCaren Park which means not only the pool but both parks as well. Fuck this, if they gain control expect to be paying money for the free walkmen, dead meadow, deerhoof, and gang gang dance shows.

the show was great, i filmed tim the whole time and he was awesome and nice. DVD?

Posted by J | July 10, 2006 6:03 PM

according to that NY Times article, $250k has been spent so far to get the pool ready for "minimal" use. $200k was donated by those supposed assholes at Live Nation.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2006 6:08 PM

good point jerry. sorry, no air conditioning in the studio makes for a bad temper. but like you said, they gave an estimate of how much it would take. they have to raise that amount, right?

and its kind of funny that no one has complained about the price of beer yet ($6), unless that money is going somewhere i dont know about.

Posted by aj | July 10, 2006 6:08 PM

how is the byob situation there? was security tough, or was it relatively easy to bring in drinks, or better yet, a cooler in.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2006 6:19 PM

watching dodgeball was great, and les savy fav were nearly amazing...it had a great feel...def. one of the best outdoor shows ever gone to

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2006 6:31 PM

i love all ya'll conspiracy theorists: "Fuck this, if they gain control expect to be paying money for the free walkmen, dead meadow, deerhoof, and gang gang dance shows."

do you really think they would start charging people after it was already announced as free? are you even swift enough to realize that those shows are not promoted by Live Nation, but JellyNYC? i swear you indie-rock pussies are firmly convinced LN hates you and everything you like. the lack of perspective is numbing.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2006 6:45 PM

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2006 7:40 PM

Yadda yadda, Clear Channel sucks waawaa free shows.

Do you wanna put up the cash to fix McCarren? Or is that gonna put a dent in your trust fund?

If YOU have the money, please fix up the place and let us come to your free shows. Otherwise quit talking and enjoy the ride. ClearChannel is an ogre, sure, but in this case they're doing something good for the community. If you don't like it, don't pay $$ for the shows. Just be glad something is happening there at all.

Posted by Scott | July 10, 2006 8:12 PM

-insert snarky "trust fund" comment here-

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2006 10:14 PM

opps. sorry Scott. you beat me to it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 10, 2006 10:16 PM

You think the average person who goes to the park (families picnicing, basketball and softball players, runners, dogwalkers) or the people who live in the area (the old school polish community) are actually benefitting from this crap?

What we are getting is additional trash and noise pollution and a big ol' fuck you - nothing else. No one asked anyone who lives in the area if it was ok to have concerts in their back yard.

Yeah, Sunday's Pool Party may be a good time for the local indpendent music scene but it is a blight on the community landscape. On Sunday the music was cranked and could be heard all the way down past the Italian street fair on Manhattan Ave. The music started at noon and did not let up until after 7. It must have been a nightmare for the families using the playground with their small kids.

Who allowed this to happen? How can we figure out a way to make it stop?

Feel free to call me an asshole now...

Posted by alex | July 11, 2006 2:10 PM

You think the average person who goes to the park (families picnicing, basketball and softball players, runners, dogwalkers) or the people who live in the area (the old school polish community) are actually benefitting from this crap?

What we are getting is additional trash and noise pollution and a big ol' fuck you - nothing else. No one asked anyone who lives in the area if it was ok to have concerts in their back yard.

Yeah, Sunday's Pool Party may be a good time for the local indpendent music scene but it is a blight on the community landscape. On Sunday the music was cranked and could be heard all the way down past the Italian street fair on Manhattan Ave. The music started at noon and did not let up until after 7. It must have been a nightmare for the families using the playground with their small kids.

Who allowed this to happen? How can we figure out a way to make it stop?

Feel free to call me an asshole now...

Posted by alex | July 11, 2006 2:11 PM

You think the average person who goes to the park (families picnicing, basketball and softball players, runners, dogwalkers) or the people who live in the area (the old school polish community) are actually benefitting from this crap?

What we are getting is additional trash and noise pollution and a big ol' fuck you - nothing else. No one asked anyone who lives in the area if it was ok to have concerts in their back yard.

Yeah, Sunday's Pool Party may be a good time for the local indpendent music scene but it is a blight on the community landscape. On Sunday the music was cranked and could be heard all the way down past the Italian street fair on Manhattan Ave. The music started at noon and did not let up until after 7. It must have been a nightmare for the families using the playground with their small kids.

Who allowed this to happen? How can we figure out a way to make it stop?

Feel free to call me an asshole now...

Posted by alex | July 11, 2006 2:12 PM

"Who allowed this to happen?"

It's a public city park, and I have to assume all proper permits and whatnot were filed beforehand.

"How can we figure out a way to make it stop?"

Gonna have to find a "we" first. You're the only person I've heard who thought this was anything but a wonderful experience. Surely local business owners appreciated the massive influx of people into the hood. They count towards the community, no? And like you said, the music was done well before sunset.

Basically, when "noise pollution" is the best argument you've got to stop something happening during a weekend Summer day in New York City, you're gonna be fighting an uphill battle.

Posted by Jeff | July 11, 2006 2:28 PM

alex, while I agree with you to a certain extenet, and would love to have seen this place go back to being a pool, which really would have been a great thing for the community, i do think you're making it out to be worse than it actually is.
These Pool Parties have turned a otherwise abandoned historic building into a wonderful gathering spot for what is becoming this community (whether you like it or not), indie rockers, artists, young white people. It is definite that the community will benefit in some way, as the concerts will bring in more people, who will most likely venture out to the local businesses. I could definitely see some of the local business up in the Greenpoint section benefitting.
As for noise pollution, I live a block away, and didn't hear a sound until 2 (i'm not sure what you heard at noon). It was nowhere near as loud as the Puerto Day festivities, which I also had no problem with. You make it sound like it was a deafening shockwave heard throughout brooklyn. I can't imagine you hearing it over the Italian street fair with it's rides and ice cream truck jingles.
There's really not that many people that live directly over there anyway. It's all going to be luxry condos very soon.

Posted by Jonny Leather | July 11, 2006 2:39 PM

ok. fair. local businesses benefitted. I can see that. The street fair I was referring to was on Manhattan Ave, not the feast near the BQE. Just submitting an alternate view to the "it's all great" posts so far. Garbage and future use beyond a rock show venue is still an issue.

Also, there was no clear communication form anyone or printed material on site how the donations were benefitting anyone except the promoters. We'll see how it plays out.

Posted by Anonymous | July 11, 2006 9:05 PM

previous post was from me... sorry.

Posted by Alex | July 11, 2006 9:07 PM

i asked, the donation money goes to the parks department for the use of the space,

every show has been over budget, ie. noone is getting rich off of these things,

like anything else big in the community they had to have proposals at community board meetings.

if you were at the shows you saw that while it was probably 95 percent young people, there were certainly a bunch of families enjoying the slip and slide as well as watching the dodgeball,

6 dollars for microbrew(though local, still microbrew)? apparently you've never been to a bar

the shows are great and free, as far as ammenities i suppose they could have had free massages and cristal but maybe in future weeks they will

Posted by jacob | July 17, 2006 10:14 AM

just a heads up that dodgeball will be back and in some strange way, possibly better than last year.

Saucony Originals [the shoe] can't help that the beers are expensive, but they will be on site at the park given free shoes to some of the most triumphant dodgeball teams.

more info at:

www.teamsaucony-originals.com

[apologies for the spamishness]

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Will you be giving away the vegan saucony shoes?

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