McCarren Park

McCarren Park Ice Rink is Open!

Photo Credit: NYC Parks Department

That’s right folks. Get ready to tie up those laces because our favorite and only ice skating rink is now back in business! From now until January 4th 2015, Greenpointers can ice skate their hearts and fannies off at the McCarren Park Ice Rink. Thanks to a nice $100,000+ injection from Councilman Levin’s office for parks-related improvements, our little ice rink is now a whopping 25% bigger!

This year the ice rink has stretched in size to 60 feet wide by 150 feet long. That’s give us 9,000 square feet of room to fall on our asses, knock into fellow neighbors, squeeze in some hand-holding, and get in touch with our inner Evengi Plushenko. Continue reading

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Don’t Hibernate this Winter, Become a Beast Instead

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Beastanetics, the high-intensity interval training program, which has
become the darling of McCarren Park during the warmer months, will
return to human@ease (31 Nassau Avenue bet Guernsey & Dobbin) this
winter with classes taking place on Wed & Fri at 6:45am and 8am.
Beastanetics can help you improve your stamina, strength, power,
balance, and overall conditioning, while boosting metabolism and fat
loss. On Yelp, Beastanetics has a perfect average rating of 5 stars.

Session 1 runs from 12/3-1/23 and Session II from 1/28 to 3/20. Space
is very limited so don’t delay. The fee for the 8-week session (16
classes) is $160. A limited number of drop-in slots will be available
at $17 per class. human@ease is a beautifully appointed fitness studio
in Greenpoint.

For more information visit beastanetics.com or email tim@beastanetics.com.

To register: http://punkrope.com/store/beastanetics/12-3-14/

Sponsored post courtesy of Beastanetics.

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Step back in time with Tony Wolf: “Greenpoint of View” remembers The Vitamen

©Tony Wolf

How long have you been here? And, how has the neighborhood changed since then? We all have our stories about the undulating Greenpoint streetscape—people moving in, people moving out, condos and developments covering up the sky, and coffee shops springing up faster than organic dry cleaners. Is it good? Is it bad? Tony Wolf chimes into the discussion with his labor of love: the Greenpoint of View comic. Continue reading

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Oh no he didn’t. Bike thief steals wheels and kid’s seat too!

Stroll through McCarren park on any given day and you’ll see sun worshipers, book readers, parents and kids tossing Frisbees, even an occasional Dust Devil. What most of us don’t expect while we’re soaking up the greenery is a professional  thief in action, taking off with your bike and your kid’s seat. Continue reading

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Did you kiss “Someone You Love” at McCarren Park?

"Someone You Love" comes to McCarren Park ©Matt Adams

If you’re like me and your cold New Yorker heart does not get warmed easily, allow this very sweet video & photo series to melt some of the frost away. Matt Adams & Katie Sokoler are back with their 3rd “Someone You Love” project of the summer, this time armed with Ikea photo frames at McCarren Park. Continue reading

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SummerScreen, Pink Noise Salon, Rubulad’s Paradise Fruit Stand – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/09–7/15)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

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

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Free Yoga in North Brooklyn Parks all Summer!!!

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

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Kiki Morris: Greenpoint’s Best-Loved Trainer Talks Health, Happiness and Longevity

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Kiki Morris: Best Trainer in NYC...probably the world!

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

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Free Cyclist-Centric Yoga in McCarren Saturday

Brooklyn-based bike tourism group Get Up And Ride is hosting this Saturday’s Free Yoga For Cyclists in McCarren Park. Instructor and GUAR VP Lisa Markuson designed the class to “tap into the needs of active, fast-moving, possibly stressed people” in its postures and meditations. Get on your bike and om.

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