Tuesday, November 28, 2006

More McCarren Pool Planning Talk

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There's another meeting coming up about summer programming and events at McCarren Pool. Unlike the Parks Department planning meeting a couple of weeks ago that included Live Nation on the invite list, this one's billed as "an open meeting for members of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg communities to discuss events to be held at McCarren Pool."

It will take place tomorrow (11/29) at 7PM at the Metropolitan Pool, which is at Bedford Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue. We did note that the email went to the Community Board, so hopefully, words has gotten around. The meeting is being held to talk about the kinds of events that will be scheduled, "ways to minimize impact on community" and individual concerns. Applications and proposals for next year are being accepted starting Dec. 1.

No word on whether Live Nation or another promoter is interested in staging more big shows at the pool next year or whether the schedule will be limited to more community-oriented programming. Hopefully, the meetings are a sign that the process will be a bit more transparent than the one that led to what many people considered to be a sweetheart deal with Live Nation last year. The email from the Parks Department says, "It is our hope to use the discussion at this meeting to help shape the scheduling, programming and production of events and programs to be held at the pool in the upcoming season."

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