July 19, 2005

Inside McCarren Pool 1

POST #    1805

Last night, I went over to McCarren Pool to take a look inside the once lively, now abandoned pool. I had previously taken pictures from the outside looking in, but last night was my first time inside. I was later told that the pool is undergoing renovations to become a dance space (?!?). Parts of the pool will be filled in and the whole area cleaned up.

I suppose it's good that they've finally decided to do something with it, but wouldn't making it a...pool make more sense?

More information:
- Previous entry: "Foggy and Dark McCarren Park Pool"
- David's (Tangentialism) McCarren Pool Flickr set
- Tangentialism: "Night In McCarren Pool"
- Ben's McCarren Pool photos

Posted by tien mao in NYC, Photos at 7:59 AM



These pics are gorgeous - perfect light for it... I live a couple blocks away, and I've always wanted to sneak in. I read it was going to be converted to a skate park?

Posted by: ryan at July 19, 2005 5:52 PM

Rollerskating rink? With danceoffs?

Posted by: Jen at July 19, 2005 10:21 PM

Unfortunately, a pool doesn't make more sense. Have you ever attempted to run on the Mc Carren track? Frequently, folks go in the "wrong" direction, ride bikes, push strollers, have barbecues on the space. Until a majority assumes social responsibility regarding where they live a public pool would become an extension of people's disregard of their surroundings.

Posted by: Michele C. at August 28, 2005 8:54 PM

Great pictures, my daugter's dance company is performing at the pool starting Tuesday Sept 16th. The space has been transformed, some for better some for worse, but at least their is life at the pool other than vegitation! The space was meant for the people, come and see the performance, to get tickets, log on to www.youngdancecollective.org, and support their efforts.

Posted by: bryan at September 13, 2005 12:00 AM

First off, I want to thank you for taking these pics of the McCarren Park pool. I've lived in the area (Greenpoint) for almost four years now, and I have always been curious. Figuring it was a haven for the homeless or worse, drug adicts, I've basically been too scared to wonder in by myself. I have been very tempted, but just could not bring myself to do it. Second thing: there was talk a few years ago about turning the pool into a skate park. I think that's a better idea than a dance area, because a)the idea of a dance area is just plain cheesy and b)the renovations to turn the area into a skate park would not be too costly. No matter what, they should def. do something with the area. It is a huge eye sore, and has been sitting there just rotting away.

Posted by: Kate at March 2, 2006 4:58 PM

I am sorry to see McCarren fall victim to "what's in". It's a POOL! It has great history and many, many good memories for me. I was born and grew up on Newton Street, attended St. Stan's and spent many summers swimming at McCarren. The photos were great but sad. I saw the pool last year for the first time in almost 40 years and was not surprized by it's condition. It's now probably a money maker for the City but it will always be a pool and it's sad that a great piece of neighborhood history is gone and will never again return! Greenpointers be aware that YOUR neighborhood is changing and your probably won't be part of it after the changes.

Posted by: Brooklyn Boy at October 16, 2006 8:18 PM

I loved going to pool in 60' and 70's...took few minutes to jump off 16ft high board but eventually we all did it over and over.

Posted by: fred at February 1, 2007 3:17 PM

i grew up in Greenpoint in the 50's and sixties. we swam in the pool and played in it empty in the cold winters... it was our fort, for young boys, full of adventure. this was before we knew of drugs, innocent days. we swam for free from 8 -12 and paid a dime to go in from 1 until closing. i recall seeing the good year blimpe for the first time. i jumped off the 12 food board when i was 8 or so. if you live near by do waht you can to fix the pool againe

Posted by: joe calodich at March 19, 2008 10:53 PM

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