Parks in the News: Brooklyn Bridge Park, McCarren Park Pool, New York City Waterfalls(Okay, not a Park …)

A small segment completed at Brooklyn Bridge Park

A small segment completed at Brooklyn Bridge Park

*The “arborcidal” (tree-killing) New York City Waterfalls Public Art hours are being cut in half to preserve the Brooklyn trees (which are not responding well to its salt water mist). Not exactly scientific but … it’s something. (See previous post on this.)

*Last concert (Sonic Youth) at McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn performed on Saturday (8/30) before the space reverts back to an actual pool, ending its recent incarnation as a popular concert venue. Pending Landmarks Preservation Commission approval, pool reconstruction scheduled to be completed in 2011. (Long time that seems?) Sunday’s (8/31) New York Times has the story.

*Brooklyn Bridge Park: Recently it was announced that BBP’s completion is behind schedule at least five years. Community activists are (again) pushing for “housing-free” Park. Presently, 1400 units of “luxury housing” are in New York State’s plans for the park. The Brooklyn Paper reports: “In the decades since community activists and local officials started planning Brooklyn Bridge Park, the proposal has changed from a sprawling public greenspace that would be part of the city’s regular park system to a state-built and-operated development whose open-space component would be maintained through fees charged to residents of luxury condos within the park’s footprint.”

Event This Weekend: Renegade Craft Fair – McCarren Park, Brooklyn

McCarren Park in the Spring

It’s dubbed the Renegade Craft Fair and the items displayed must express some kind of “renegade” i.e., D.I.Y. (do it yourself) and contemporary, spirit. This is the fourth year for the Fair in Brooklyn which has its roots in Chicago and also occurs in San Francisco. There are more than 200 vendors, displaying DIY knitting, jewelry, sewn items, paper goods, silkscreening, zines, reconstructed clothing, and more.

It will occur this weekend Saturday, June 14th and Sunday, June 15th, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., McCarren Park Pool, Lorimer Street, between Driggs Avenue and Bayard Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s free too.

How to get there: Take the L Train to Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn. Walk north on Bedford to Lorimer St. and hang a right. The Pool will be on the left between Driggs and Bayard Ave.

And McCarren Park is a very large (35 acres), lovely park, worth checking out. It is in the midst of its own renovation by the NYC Parks Department (which seems to have community support, unlike others). Hopefully this will not involve privatization of this public space.

Photo of McCarren Park in the spring: Martha Burzynski