The 100 Coolest Places of the Complex Decade

43. McCarren Park Pool

City: Brooklyn
Address: 475 Leonard St.
Website: mccarrenpark.com

Resting on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, the run-down Depression-era McCarren Park Pool was transformed into a concert venue during the summer of 2006 by Live Nation. With 50,000 square-feet, the area could hold around 5,500 people, making it ideal for open-air shows. Acts like Bloc Party, Les Savy Fav, and others played when music with live guitars and drums was still the hot thing. The final concert took place in August 2008. Renovations designed to make the pool a proper swimming area began in December 2009.

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