McCarren Park

Walking Shapes 24 Shows in 24 Hours and Other Shows 4/24-25

© Walking Shapes

It’s not every day you hear about a band trying to play 24 shows in 24 hours, but the band Walking Shapes is attempting to do exactly that as you read this! Continue reading

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Beastanetics Boot Camp: the Muffin Top/ Beer Gut Antidote

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Spring is here (we promise) and since it’s finally going to get warmer, it’s time to maximize outdoor time. Same goes for working out, which is just one of the reasons why Beastanetics is so great. We happen to live next to a pretty sweet track and field and it’s time to take advantage! We’re talking FRESH AIR, people. Remember what that feels like?

Beastanetics is a 6-week, 12-session program run entirely in McCarren Park, and rest assured, it will have you looking positively fierce by Summer. Led by Tim Haft and his knowledgeable, supportive, and welcoming staff, the intro training sesh is a steal at $144 (includes all 12 sessions). That’s cheaper than an indoor gym membership where you’ll wait an hour to run on a treadmill in a sweaty florescent box (can you tell how much I love gyms?).

The next session begins Monday, April 14 and Greenpointers has teamed up with Beastanetics to give first-time students 10% off the registration fee with code FIRSTTIMEBEAST. Virgin Beasts can also try a one-time free trial; drop-in classes (space permitting) are $15.  Register here!  Continue reading

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McCarren Park Tree Decorated for 3/11 Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami Memorial

Take a paper ornament to remember 3/11/11

If you see this beautifully decorated tree in McCarren Park today, feel free to take an ornament in remembrance of the Earthquake and Tsunami that devastated Japan on 3/11/11. Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Eva Schmidt’s Heart-Warming Borscht

Today marks the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and what better to celebrate the opening ceremony than with a big bowl of borscht? I’ll admit that I until recently I never really thought too much of this blood-red soup.  But a trip to the McCarren Park Greenmarket last fall changed all that.  They were hosting their own Borscht Olympics of sorts, and in the lineup were Greenpoint strongholds such as Karczma and Lomzynianka, but there was also a submission from Eat, that gorgeous little vegetarian restaurant on Meserole.  From one spoonful to the next, each soup was so unique and delicious—some more vinegar-y, some more vegetal and garlicky—but it was Eva Schmidt (of Eat) whose beautiful borscht I wanted to give the gold medal to. I asked her if she would share the recipe for it with us, and she graciously sent it over– a party-sized recipe at that! Continue reading

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Greenpointers Cameo Showcase Preview – Folding Legs

Greenpointers, along with Pancakes & Whiskey and Buzzchips, is putting on a show at Cameo Gallery this Saturday 1/18. There are four great bands on the bill: Adios Ghost, Youngman Grand, Folding Legs, and Canon Logic. All week long, we’re featuring one of the bands to get you even more excited to come party with us this weekend. Allow me to introduce you to today’s featured band, Folding Legs. Continue reading

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De Blasio Striptease and a Camel Parade–The Hook Up (1/6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, the snow did fall last weekend, schools closed, and our new mayor proved he knows how to wield a shovel…and show off his layers with sass. Welcome to 2014.

Don’t look up, it’s raining men lights at McCarren Park. (NY Daily News)

Speaking of McCarren, our humble park may be the future home of a giant bubble. Inside this bubble, there will be tennis  year ’round, for a price.

Some camels strolled down Graham Ave to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. Totally normal.

ICE + FIRE = an epic blaze that lasted over 5 hours at a Brooklyn lumber yard.

Local real estate developer, Menachem Stark, was kidnapped from his office last week. His body was found on Friday, in Greak Neck, Long Island, and confirmed to be the missing man on Saturday; over a thousand mourners gathered for the funeral in Hassidic Williamsburg.  According to the NY Times, he owned several neighborhood buildings, including the Greenpoint Hotel and 239 Banker Street, which he converted from a factory to trendy lofts. Both had some serious building violations and the latter was vacated in 2009, leaving him with more than a few enemies, but investigations into the murder have yet to be resolved.

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MulchFest 2014

The NYC Department of Parks & Rec is making it easy to recycle your x-mas tree into wood chips this year with MULCHFEST. Bring your tree to a local park on 1/11 or 1/12 from 10am-2pm, and take home your own bag of mulch to use in your backyard (or as a winter bed for your baby street tree). The donated mulch will be used to nourish plants across the city.

Trees can be dropped off at McGolrick, and McCarren, but if you want that mulch gift bag, head to McCarren, where your tree will be converted to wood chips right in front of your eyes. MAGIC.

If you can’t make it (or just cannot lug your huge-ass tree all the way to a park), put it on the curb for pickup anytime between now and 1/15. Just make sure to take off all the decorations first. Tinsel and lights are pretty, but not super compostable.

More than 26,000 trees were recycled last year. That’s like a small forest, right?

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Holiday Photos With Your Animal BFF Tomorrow (12/21)

PUPPIES! SANTA! Puppies wearing sweaters…with Santa! It’s all going down Saturday in the garden right next to the McCarren Park dog run. Dress your pet(s) in their winter best and get a holiday photo that will make your entire extended family jealous, because A) your pet is super stylish and B) their family photo was taken at a mall.

Oh, and it’s FREE.

Tomorrow – Saturday 12/21 from 12:30-2pm

Instagram your merry Dog/Cat/Santa photo and tag us @greenpointers and @gpointvet. We’ll re-gram our favs.

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Bring Your Moves Greenpoint! McCarren Rink Opens Today! (11/15)

Doing an image search for “ice dancing” or “figure skating” makes me realize what honey badgers these people are. I won’t even mention the obvious. Sure they defy gravity and death with their moves, but those outfits make me wonder whether they would actually eat a cobra, fall asleep from the venom, then wake up and continue eating. They clearly don’t give a fuck.

Alls I am saying Greenpoint, is when you practice your camel spin you better be wearing some sequins…

And now you don’t need to go all the way to wherever there is an ice skating rink outside of Brooklyn because McCarren Park Rink opens today!

It will will be open through January, seven days per week from 11am-10pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors/student and $4 for kids. Skate rentals are $5

Ice dance or die.

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Howl-O-Ween Rewind – PHOTOS!

Dog-e-Dog’s 2nd Annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume and Trick Contest proved to be yet another doggone success. The event took place this past Saturday at McCarren Park. Owners from all across Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan came in droves with their pooches in tow, ready to show judges their most creative pet costumes and training chutzpah.  Continue reading

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