McCarren Pool in the hipster Mecca of Williamsburg, Brooklyn reopened last week to some (to my eyes) mild violence:
As Jonathan Marvel, the project's architect, put it, "As architects, it is our goal to contribute spaces that inspire community involvement and face time with each other."Within days, that excitement has been replaced by apprehension. Two fights at the pool on the Greenpoint-Williamsburg border and several arrests confirmed the fears of some residents that the pool, with a capacity of 1,500, might draw an unruly crowd to a neighborhood divided among older residents of Italian and Polish descent, gentrifying newcomers and Hispanic families.What should have been a simple kickoff to summer in New York has turned fraught, with capacity crowds, racially charged debates and complaints that the city should have committed more resources to the opening, from sanitation to security."I'm not happy and not because of the pool, but because of the fighting," said Tony Otero, 71, who has lived near the pool for 25 years. "It's not good for the community. It's trouble. All kinds of kids are coming here."