Posted in music | venues on March 27, 2009

Williamsburg Waterfront

"McCarren Park Pool, the crumbling, Depression-era public swimming pool on the border between Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, is set to become a swimming spot again, but the concerts that put it on the rock map over the last three summers are set to move to the Williamsburg waterfront. Stephanie Thayer, executive director of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a nonprofit group that coordinated last year's concerts, said that a strip along the East River between North Eighth and North Ninth Streets that was designated a New York State park a few years ago will have concerts this summer, with room for 6,000 fans. The news was confirmed by the office of State Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, who represents Greenpoint and Williamsburg. "This is the continuation of McCarren Park Pool," Ms. Thayer said. "It's different, but it has its own exquisite beauty, with the waterfront and the skyline of Manhattan." She added that she plans to work with many of the promoters who put on events at the pool, but that if enough sponsorship money comes through, she hopes to also put on classical and opera concerts as well. Ms. Thayer, who in addition to her role with the Open Space Alliance is an administrator with the City Parks Department, said that renovations on McCarren Pool were set to begin on schedule this summer." [NY Times]
The new location (where the Boredoms' 88 Boadrum took place in August) was being discussed as a possibility last summer, so this official confirmation is great news.

above photo by Ryan Muir

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Comments (76)

sounds like good news.

what did mccarren fit?

i have a feeling people will flock to these even more than in the past.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:17 PM

sweet

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:17 PM

This seems infinitely better. And now we'll have a huge new pool to swim in!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:21 PM

Where is the nearest subway stop?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:25 PM

what is williamsburg? never head of it.

Posted by indierocksucks | March 27, 2009 2:28 PM

i think i'd rather swim in the east river than be in that pool with a bunch of dirt asses.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:31 PM

I believe you mean "this is the site for the new Sunday afternoon concert series."

McCarren Pool remains closed as a concert venue. And that's a fucking atrocity.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:31 PM

The pool is officially scheduled to be reopened in 2011, not including the regular delays and the massive budget crisis the city is in the middle of. But it is good news that there will be shows this summer, hooray for the slip n slide!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:38 PM

could be good...

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:42 PM

Will the water turn brown once the first people are let into the pool?

Posted by Curious George | March 27, 2009 2:43 PM

Yaaaaaay! Now we can actually drown ourselves while surrounded by our friends and favourite bands instead of just dreaming of it like last year.

Posted by plumpdumpling | March 27, 2009 2:49 PM

What time does Daft Punk go on?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:50 PM

hipsters will not be allowed in the new pool

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:53 PM

I'll have what you're smoking, 217/221/238 intern.

no, "we" do not have a "huge new pool," and "we" will not "swim" in it, and "we" do not have a "slip n slide." there are already plenty of public pools in New York City. do you swim in them? no. you do not. they are cesspools of hobo piss.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:54 PM

i'm paying $103 for a monthly subway card and the city is building a new swimming pool? fantastic

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:00 PM

its going to be harder to find the dead bodies with the river right there

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:01 PM

"its going to be harder to find the dead bodies with the river right there"

Wow, Too soon?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:06 PM

Is JellyNYC planning on continuing 'pool parties' at this location?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:09 PM

"no, "we" do not have a "huge new pool," and "we" will not "swim" in it, and "we" do not have a "slip n slide." there are already plenty of public pools in New York City. do you swim in them? no. you do not. they are cesspools of hobo piss."

Anonymous | March 27, 2009 2:54 PM, all that hate is gonna burn you up. Just enjoy your free concerts and move along. You're getting in the way of the other humans that aren't a waste of matter and energy. You must be a miserable person to be around. I bet your parents are glad you moved to New York and stopped depressing the shit out of their lives on a daily basis.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:14 PM

"Just enjoy your free concerts"-- wait you promised a huge new pool a few minutes ago!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:20 PM

this is great news.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:22 PM

they should book some hobo concerts

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:23 PM

all the people coming in for these concerts is going to kill all the grass. just great, there goes a somewhat nice park!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:27 PM

IT'S A TRAP!

Posted by Admiral Ackbar | March 27, 2009 3:37 PM

The main reason why McCarren Park was so good for concerts was the fact that stage was high and eveyone was at a level below. You had a great view from pretty much anywhere. That's why I used to go to McCarren instead of Summerstage shows even though I live much closer to Central Park. Unless they come up with a very creative setup, another place will be no replacement for McCarren Park. They had something good and they let it go. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:39 PM

First show, May 30: Ponytail and Art Brut

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:44 PM

I wrote the 3rd comment, and this is the first time I've been back. To find that I've been accused of being an intern and that people have found a way to bitch about this. Big surprise!

I'm actually not an intern- I'm just excited to see some outdoor concerts in Williamsburg without being in a concrete pen. With people like you!

Posted by Anon 2:21 | March 27, 2009 3:45 PM

now that tom yaps is in california it wont be the same

Posted by roedood | March 27, 2009 3:45 PM

3:01 for the serious fuckin' lulz.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:49 PM

the only problem with these concerts is the rampant douchebaggery.. brooklyn, what has become of ye?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 3:51 PM

Can someone please answer the above question,
"What time does Daft Punk go on?"

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:02 PM

well, now that the cat's out of the bag...

[this list is not complete, and at least three acts should be expected for each show]

May 30 - Ponytail, Art Brut
June 6 - Titus Andronicus, Tall Firs
June 13 - TBA (Soul Show)
June 20 - Blonde Redhead, Crystal Antlers
June 27 - Free Kitten
July 4 - No Show
July 11 - Stars, Chairlift, Team B
July 18 - Ra Ra Riot, The Essex Green
July 25 - Times New Viking, Oneidea, Megafaun
August 1 - Los Campesinos!, Stars Like Fleas
August 8 - Islands, Sister Suvi
August 15 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Awesome Color

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:07 PM

yep...art brut are going to fly from europe on the 29th, make it here for the 30th, fly back to europe for their show on the 31st, and then fly back to NY for their string of mercury lounge shows.

3:44, fuck you.


Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:09 PM

Where's Daft Punk on that list?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:12 PM

This makes me want to DANCE like a douche!

Posted by Val Lopers | March 27, 2009 4:14 PM

State park...doesn't that mean no alcohol?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:23 PM

wow, i got excited but then i read that list, and now this shit fucking sucks

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:26 PM

People that live on N7th, N8th, N9th streets between Bedford & Kent Ave are going to be PIST OFF. Bring an umbrella and remember to use it when your drunk, high selves are acting like fools walking to and from the park cause' there is going to be bleach flying out those windows.......

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:30 PM

No booze? What?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:36 PM

Is that list of shows the free ones?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:41 PM

that is most certainly not the list of bands performing at the "pool" this summer.....

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 4:46 PM

hipsters and gentrification. woohooo!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 5:01 PM

4:36:

I may be wrong, but wasn't the whole mess with "beer gardens" at APW due to the fact that it was on state park land, and state park land is normally dry? So either no booze, or booze where you can't see the bands and a limit of 5 beers per person, if they go for the same compromise as APW did.

Or I may be totally wrong.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 5:10 PM

murder and crack. woohooo??

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 5:13 PM

APW was in Jersey. State parks in NY may have different rules.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 5:14 PM

I hope that park will be able to hold all that talent and art. Truly, truly talented great bands. This is just the greatest. I would be so excited to live in that neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 5:22 PM

5:14:

I think you may be right! According to Google,

"Of the seven states we contacted (six New England states and New York), only New York and Vermont allow people to consume alcohol at state park campgrounds."

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 5:26 PM

I cant wait to see No Show on July first! their EP is AMAZING.

Posted by ryan | March 27, 2009 5:26 PM

MEHCarren Pool

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 5:50 PM

That idiot who posted the performance list has no idea what they are talking about.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 5:50 PM

this is great

Posted by ROCK STARchitect | March 27, 2009 5:57 PM

Daft Punk plays July 5th at midnight with Doug Henning opening making balloon poodles.

Isnt Slayer playing in July also?

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 6:02 PM

can i buy weed there?

Posted by ineedweed | March 27, 2009 6:16 PM

5:10 et al:

well no alcohol at Jones Beach theater and that's a NY state park. So that may very well be the case here. which would suck.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 7:54 PM

Don't take shits in the pool, now!
We did it once and the guy from The Bravery raped me in that pool!
We wrote all about it here: http:///www.indierocksucks.com

Not really but seriously guys don't take shits in the pool, it's not cool!

Posted by indierocksucks.com | March 27, 2009 10:52 PM

Yea right!!! You know this isn't gonna happen what with all the new residents in those super yucky condos surrounding this park. They'll all moan and groan and the city will pass some stupid noise ordinance about it and this area will be overshadowed by the real estate that surrounds it. Blech!

Posted by Kristin Schuth | March 28, 2009 12:44 AM

I will pass an ordinance telling them to shut the fuck up and go back to Omaha.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2009 1:35 AM

PeanutButterAndJellyNYC

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2009 2:11 AM

Great. The park we got in exchange for looming glass towers of yuppiedom will now be a dead brown space filled with frat boys piss and vomit.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2009 4:39 PM

People don't give a shit because it's not in their fuckin' doorsteps. Every night for 4 months this summer will be hell of us that live around the park. Thanks, you fuckin' ruined the park for everyone that lives in the neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2009 4:46 PM

People don't give a shit because it's not in their fuckin' doorsteps. Every night for 4 months this summer will be hell of us that live around the park. Thanks, you fuckin' ruined the park for everyone that lives in the neighborhood.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2009 5:19 PM

it might not be hell for residents. McCarren Pool was much beloved by the residents of Greenpoint, because it contained the noise well, brought money to local diners and car services, and served as a fun community place for movie screenings and family nights.

McCarren Pool was a one-of-a-kind venue. I miss it. It'll be a construction site for the next few years, then a public pool. (The original pool was shut down by the community in the early 80s, because what it brought into the neighboorhood was crime.)

I'm sure they'll find somewhere nice for the JellyNYC parties (I assume nobody's talking about putting on ticketed shows from MIA or Sonic Youth or the Beastie Boys there) but let's not kid ourselves, Greenpoint got hozed on this one, so did music fans.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2009 11:37 PM

have job?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 11:09 AM

I live in one of the condos off the waterway. I can't wait for the concerts!

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 11:52 AM

Who cares if there's no alcohol in the park? There's about 200 bars within a few blocks of there! Learn some perspective, you spoiled brats...or just stay home in New Jersey.


Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 12:25 PM

i wouldn't mind at all if they didn't serve alcohol. i'd rather not have drunk assholes pissing everywhere and making me regret ever going in the first place.
learn some fucking respect and self control.

you people fucking suck.
stop being so cynical.
enjoy fucking music and the outdoors.
if not move back to wisconsin or florida or where ever the hell douchebags like you are bred.
while your there, sterilize yourself.

Posted by me | April 29, 2009 12:55 PM

when can we expect an announcement of the free shows?

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:43 PM

have you walked past it lately? it's a construction site full of bulldozers and portopotties. unfortunately it's a ways away from being the next South Street Seaport party zone. South Street Seaport will probably have some free shows.

Posted by Anonymous | April 29, 2009 1:48 PM

"i'm paying $103 for a monthly subway card and the city is building a new swimming pool? fantastic"
thank you 3pm

the MTA and NYC better wake the fuck up if they think they can keep the subway business booming, at the current rate of price hikes and declining serivce (NOT to mention how shitty L service is on Bedford and Lori) they can kiss their faithful riders goodbye.

Posted by Anonymous | May 7, 2009 11:23 AM

these concerts will hopefully be fun, but it would be a shame if they let all the people trample all the grass and puke all over the rocks.
what will the environmental impact be? any thoughts?


Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 12:14 AM

die hippie scum

Posted by Anonymous | May 22, 2009 2:23 AM

is this even happening?

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 11:10 PM

Seriously... the Dirty Projectors show has been pulled off the Domino website and it's supposed to be at this location in like two or three weeks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 11:44 PM

as much as the central park show with tvotr is going to be great
i really really really want to see a proper headlining DP's gig this summer. outside prefers. make it happen daveL. thanx

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2009 11:50 PM

According to Pitchfork, Magnolia Electric Co. has a show 7/19 and Deerhunter later on.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2009 12:38 PM

"According to Pitchfork, Magnolia Electric Co. has a show 7/19 and Deerhunter later on."

Welcome to June 13, 2009
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/06/2009_the_willia.html

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2009 12:47 PM

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