WEDNESDAY 7/09 * SummerScreen: Back to the Future@ McCarren Park (North 12th & Lorimer St) 6pm, FREE, With pre-movie music by Tonstartssbandht and The Dreebs presented by Showpaper, RSVP ♫ Mark Kraus @ Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) 10pm, FREE, In his first show in three years, Mark will play songs from his upcoming record “The Depths,” RSVP
Is there anything less appealing than a sweaty yoga indoor class in 80 degree weather? Nothing against Yoga to the People (they will always hold a special place in my heart), but I’d much rather get some fresh air in my system while the weather is fine.
It seems that my prayers have been answered because this Summer, Good Yoga has partnered with Open Space Alliance to host outdoor yoga sessions all season long at our favorite North Boroklyn parks, including all-around park champion, Transmitter. Is there anything more satisfying than doing yoga in the grass with a serene view of Manhattan?
And did I mention that the classes are FREE? Bring your own mat and sunscreen and when you get to the park, look for the red Good Yoga balloon. Continue reading →
If you’ve ever taken a run around McCarren Park track, the chances are you’ll know Kiki. Kiki Morris has been a regular fixture at the northwest corner of the track for almost 18 years and is one of the most well-loved figures in the neighborhood. He trains people in the park every day of the week and is greeted by pretty much everyone who passes by. Mothers with strollers come up and say hi, NYPD cars slow down on Driggs to honk and wave, shirtless muscle-rippling joggers remove their earbuds and stop for a chat, and little kids run over and high-five him. It’s no wonder he’s earned himself the unofficial title of Mayor of McCarren and the official title of Village Voice’s ‘best outdoor personal trainer in NYC’. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →