In 1936, McCarren Park was built in the midst of a depressed country. It was closed in 1984 (presumably because you couldn't swim with your perm/wearing parachute pants). In 2005 it was reopened as a performance space, and now averages about 6,000 people a week, with 45,000 a season turning up for shows at the most infamous band shell in New York City. Some might even ironically refer to it, as a "pool party." Unfortunatly, the masses also ironically chose not to show up to the community board meetings to decide the fate of the McCarren Park Pool.
A few years later, JellyNYC
(the company running the pool parties) is preparing to shut down the best thing about summer in New York. Only the establishment would take a defunct space-turned-awesome-music-venue away to change it back to what it was originally. We'd much rather be sweating in our shorts watching our favorite music than doing canon-balls into an over-saturated public pool. However, all is not lost...
Although McCarren is pretty much over, Jelly has proposed to move the concerts to the Bushwick Inlet Park
. Keeping it in Brooklyn? We like it. Unfortunatly, they need to create a performance space there... that's where the masses come in. A petition
is floating around to do just that, with a target of 10,000 signatures. Tell your friends, or Summer may get a little quieter.-joe puglisi
LAST EVER POOL PARTY!
8/24 - Yo La Tengo, Titus Andronicus, Ebony Bones
P.S. We would advise against cargo shorts
at the last party... trust us.
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Pool Party Petition