Should McCarren Park Pool Be Restored?


      “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]

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