How To Book An Event at McCarren Pool
Hooray! You're all excited about your folk concert/puppet show/craft fair at McCarren Park Pool. But how do you turn your dream into reality?
First, check out the Parks Department event permits page, which is very helpful. Eric Peterson is the Parks staffer you will be dealing with and he is very accessible. If you have any questions, we suggest you email him. There is also the Citywide Special Events voicemail: 212-360-1319
You need to get a permit for your event. Whether you are planning an amateur astronomy night, an experimental photo shoot, or a rollerderby, it is all the same process.
You must submit your application and the $25 non refundable processing fee at least 21-30 days in advance of an event (except for political demonstrations & rallies, which require less advance notice). For McCarren pool, we suggest you book, far, far in advance.
If you downloaded the application, then mail your application to this address:
NYC Parks Department Special Events
Things to think about
Answer these critical questions before seeking an event permit:
If you are going to try to make money from your event, you need a Temporary Use Authorization. This includes charging for admission, selling beer or food, or any other money-making activity.
Download the Temporary Use Authorization Requirements. You can also call the Revenue Division at 212-360-1397.
If you need a sound permit, you apply at the 94th Police Precinct:
This year, there may be a limited number of events at the pool with loud amplified sound, so book early.
You may need "Special Event Insurance" which will vary depending on the event you are throwing. For example, break dance parties might need different coverage than a inter-borough yodeling competition. We've been told that www.filmemporium.com offers this kind of insurance at reasonable prices, but we aren't guaranteeing anything. Get quotes from multiple companies!
Generally, alcohol is prohibited in public parks. However, some events with alcohol sponsorships have been permitted. Your best bet if you want alcohol available, is to work with a vendor, such as the Brooklyn Brewery, who has a track record with the Parks Department.
McCarren is a big venue, and the Parks Department won't issue permits if you can't prove to them you will have adequate staff to run the event and keep the site secure.
Or contact the Brooklyn Borough Parks Permit Office: