‘Pool’ concerts to make a big splash this summer

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North Brooklyn’s famed McCarren Park Pool Parties – which music lovers feared would come to after getting booted from McCarren Park Pool last year – appear ready to dive on into East River State Park on the Williamsburg waterfront, the promoter told The Brooklyn Paper.

“That would be a good place [for concerts],” said Chris Goldstein of JellyNYC, which filled the defunct Greenpoint swimming pool with concerts by TV on the Radio, Aesop Rock, Yo La Tengo and others for three summers. “We haven’t set anything in stone yet, but we’re working on it.”

A state official echoed Goldstein’s sentiments.

“We are indeed working towards that end,” said Eileen Larrabee, a state parks spokeswoman.

North Brooklyn’s Open Space Alliance is also involved in the negotiations to allow the concerts in the riverside park.

The popular Pool Parties were forced out last August to allow renovations to return the 73-year-old structure to a swimmer’s paradise.

So it comes as no surprise that news of the possible move — which was first reported by the Greenpoint Gazette — quickly resonated around North Brooklyn’s music community.

“It’s great that we have free concerts going on – it’s an important part of this community,” said Adam Kriney, a salesman at the Northside record store Sound Fix.

Updated 5:44 pm, April 2, 2009
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