“Now that they’re not going to destroy the pool, it’s magnetic” Phyllis Yampolsky, an artist and a longtime Greepoint resident, says about the McCarren pool, shown above in a 1937 photograph. The following year after the pool shut down in 1983, residents blocked Parks Department workers from repairing it because they wanted to give youths from other nabes less reason to hang around the park. Twenty two years later, the neighborhood is split over the pool’s future: on one side those who would love to have a gigantic swimming hole in their front yard; on the other, those who like the idea of continuing to use the pool as a space for music and performing arts.
The Glory of the Past–Or Not [NY Times]
Union Pizza Works Brings Pizza With Soul to Bushwick [Bushwick Daily] Crow Hill Community Association Meeting TONIGHT at 7:30 pm [ILFA] “Urgent! Have Ready Cash!” A New House Buying Scheme in the Neighborhood [PMFA] Demolition Crew Breaks Water Main at Future Lightstone Group Gowanus Site [GYFO] Beyonce’s Video for “XO” Is a Magical Day and Night at Coney Island [Brokelyn] Tonight: Sandy Town […]
Open Source Gallery in South Slope is looking to foster conversation, community and art with its nightly Soup Kitchen events, where a “creative volunteer” cooks for a large group of people and anyone is welcome to stop by. A volunteer chef is responsible for cooking a one-pot meal to feed 15 to 20 people, and […]
Brooklyn, one building at a time. Name: Former Free Hebrew Burial Society for the Poor of Brooklyn, now supermarket Address: 101 Varet Street Cross Streets: Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street Neighborhood: East Williamsburg Year Built: 1918 Architectural Style: Early 20th century commercial Architect: Tobias Goldstone Other buildings by architect: Lots of smaller buildings in Wiliamsburg/Greenpoint/Bushwick area in […]
A reader sent in these two photos of the first Brooklyn Whole Foods opening today at 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street in Gowanus. Looks busy! We hear there are tons of delicious samples. Anyone checked it out yet? More after the jump. GMAP
This Carroll Gardens Italianate seems to have a little more original detail left than most in the area, including plaster cornices, medallions, ornate marble mantels, floors, stair and pocket doors. Best of all, there’s a side bay window that brings a lot of light into the interior. It’s currently set up as a two-family over […]