McCarren Park

More Toxic Secrets In This Rare 1980s ‘Hazardous Neighbors’ Brooklyn Study


It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of toxic chemicals, specifically as they pertain to Greenpoint. First, Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) released the ToxiCity Map to bring confusing, widely scattered publicly available data together into one cohesive document. Now, we’re bringing you the long-lost 1980s factory-to-factory survey of Greenpoint and Williamsburg by Hunter College, a study that many lifetime Greenpoint residents say they couldn’t find or easily access until now.

It reveals the former locations and quantities of reactive chemicals — the kind that explode when they make contact with water, such as cyanide. In many cases, they’re shockingly close to residential buildings in Brooklyn’s priciest real estate drag. From speaking with a NAG member at the map release event, I also found that the “Hazardous Neighbors” study contains information that’s not available in the ToxiCity Map. Continue reading

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Kickball Feuds, Hostage Fashion & Celebrity Lambs — The Hook-Up 10/9

Photo by Nick Ramsey, via DNAinfo
Photo by Nick Ramsey, via DNAinfo

Everyone knows about the unrivaled people-watching potential of McCarren Park, but not everyone lives to see a standoff between a kickball bro and an indignant nap queen. Is she “the most selfish person in the world?” Or does he “think he fucking owns the park?” You decide.

According to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper, no one can tell the difference between a Greenpoint hipster and a person who recently emerged from under a rock.

There’s a history behind TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint, and it has a lot to do with any strong community vibes you still catch around these parts. In 1975, more than 200 residents participated in a 16-month sit-in to preserve funding for city services, and last month, they honored them in the most Brooklyn way possible.

A famous lamb of Greenpoint fame has famed its way upstate. After being spotted dining at Five Leaves this spring, Smokey the lamb is now back at Violet Hill Farm in West Winfield, N.Y., but it appears his time in the city has instilled him with a troublemaking streak. “He had a ram buddy that he was hanging out with hardcore,” said his owner.

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Who was Patrick McCarren?


Recently there was controversy about the naming rights to the McCarren Park Pool. A company offered money for the naming rights and many locals became angry about the proposed name change. Truth is, few people know anything about Patrick McCarren.

I have been researching McCarren for a book I am writing about Williamsburg . He was a fascinating, amazingly corrupt figure. In his day he was not just a powerful local boss, but was also powerful on the national level. Born in 1849 in Massachusetts, he grew up locally. Too poor to afford higher education, McCarren started life in the local sugar mills, but was ambitious. Politics in the eighteen seventies was almost the only way a humble man could acquire wealth and power. Continue reading

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Night of Noir, Glamdammit, Fools Gold Day Off – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/02–9/08)

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

586918-250WEDNESDAY 9/02
* Night of Noir @ Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave) 7:30pm, FREE, A screening of Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-hiker with guest speaker Imogen Sara Smith of Independent Film Scholar, RSVP
♫ The Greenpoint Get-Down @ No 7 North (931 Manhattan Ave)9pm, FREE, DJ Patrick A. Reed will spin classic hip-hop, heavy soul, deep funk, ska, rocksteady, and more, More info

11958164_1114592961902518_2118881706089287959_oTHURSDAY 9/03
* Kick the Can with Scrap Entertainment @ McCarren Park (776 Lorimer St) 6:30pm, FREE, Celebrate the end of the summer with an evening playing a classic game, RSVP
* Head Space @ Spectacle Theater (124 South 3rd St) 7:30pm, $5, A showcase of animation by a dozen women, RSVP

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Om Your Way to Wellness in a Sun Drenched Rooftop with Hosh Yoga this Sunday (7/19)

Savasana in McCarren park with Hosh Yoga

Ever pass by a group of zen looking people in warrior pose or savasana in a grassy part of McCarren Park on a sunny day?

Hosh Yoga is a nonprofit that began to provide donation based open level classes to the public and is coming to the sun-drenched outdoor rooftop space at the Greenpoint Loft during our Summer Market to host two classes.

UrbanBackdrop_Yoga_180pxSchedule and Details:
2PM with Zui
4PM with Diana

Each class is 75 minutes and is donation based. Open level – Experience with yoga is suggested but anyone is welcome!

We will have a limited number of mats so BYOM (Bring Your Own Mat) is ideal.

View from Greenpoint Loft's Rooftop © Julia Moak
View from Greenpoint Loft’s Rooftop © Julia Moak

Take a step closer to health and wellness while surrounded by a gorgeous urban landscape!

View from Greenpoint Loft's Rooftop ©Julia Moak
View from Greenpoint Loft’s Rooftop ©Julia Moak
Rooftop Space at Greenpoint Loft ©Julia Moak
Rooftop Space at Greenpoint Loft ©Julia Moak
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What Are People Reading in the Park? (McGolrick/McCarren Edition)

It’s the summer time–the weather is fine, and you could reach right up and touch the sky–or you could simply reach for a good book and hit the park. Last weekend we canvassed McGolrick Park and McCarren Park, approaching total strangers and interrupting their afternoons to ask them questions about their reading material. Join us now as we discover what the young and the restless and the literary of Greenpoint are burying their noses in this July.

WHite Noise
© JP Grace

Subject: Mike
Book: White Noise by Don DeLillo

So what’s this novel about?
I think it’s about how so much of American anxiety is created by pop culture.
Wow, that was good. You really cut to the heart of that, a lot of people just recite plot points.
[Mike’s Girlfriend: That was a great summary, babe.] Continue reading

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Watermelon Soju Recipe for All Your Picnicking Needs


Every summer, someone I know calls for an impromptu celebration of a sunny Greenpoint day in the form of a picnic. Each time, I always show up with the same thing – Watermelon Soju, a boozy pureed watermelon punch that is dangerously (or gloriously) stronger than it tastes.

Watermelon Soju is no secret to anyone familiar with Koreatown’s best offerings but since many people have asked me what goes in it and how I make it, I decided to quench all your curious minds here on Greenpointers. Continue reading

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Reunited, Luna Enraptures the Crowd at McCarren Park

After a ten-year break, Luna commanded a double encore at McCarren Park last Thursday night as part of the first day of the Northside Music Festival.

The enthusiasm from the crowd was clear before the set began. “I told my friend not to talk to me when they go on,” an excited fan said. “It’s a reunion for us,” she continued as she pointed out other people in the pit she used to see at Luna’s concerts before they disbanded in 2005. “I haven’t been this close ever,” another fan exclaimed. “It’s gonna be a good vibe.”

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Northside Music Picks: Day Two

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly
Teen Girl Scientist Monthly

Whether you are feeling contemplative, playful, or ready to rumble, there is a performance for you at Northside on Day Two. Our recommended shows, in chronological order, can be found below. Continue reading

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