McCarren Park

Hot News for the Summer: McCarren Park Getting Grills and Food Trucks!

rilling in McCarren Park, via Brooklyn Paper
Grilling in McCarren Park, via Brooklyn Paper

We know McCarren Park is a great spot for chilling, but come May, it will be a great spot for grilling! In previous years, would-be Brooklyn grill masters have had to keep their grilling on the DL or risk getting a ticket. Not anymore! The parks department in kicking $50,000 our way for nine double-wide grills, 18 picnic tables, 3 charcoal-disposal bins and two additional trash cans. All this new equipment will be stationed around the park in 3 separate locations.

For park-goes who don’t want to do their own grilling, but would still like to chow down, the Parks Department will be soliciting bids for on-site food vendors. Of the applicants, the department will choose 3. Two will operate trucks in the park, and the third will set up shop in the field house!

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Get Your Kicks While You Can! McCarren Park Track and Field To Close for Year-Long Repairs

McCarren Park Track and Field

Run, Greenpoint!

On March 19th, the city will close the Track and Field at McCarren Park for a year. The field and quarter-mile running track on Lorimer Street between Driggs and Bayard will be getting a facelift thanks to a 4 million dollar overhaul funded by the mayor’s office. During the year-long closure, the parks department will lay new turf, and a new rubber track, at the complex. Additionally, the department will install new bleachers, planters and fitness equipment around the track. The rest of the park will remain open while the track and field overhaul is in progress.  Continue reading

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Notes from Wednesday’s Community Development Meeting

Rendering of 21 India Street via Corcoran
Rendering of 21 India Street via Corcoran

On Wednesday, Greenpoint residents came together at the Polish and Slavic Center (176 Java Street) for a community development meeting organized by Councilman Stephen Levin. The meeting promised information about how new construction along the waterfront, will impact Greenpoint.

Representatives from Greenpoint Landing, The Greenpoint (21 India Street) and Heritage Equity Partners (25 Kent) presented the most recent developments regarding their on-gong construction projects, and took questions from community members. Then community organizations took the floor to discuss their recent work. Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Curb Your Litter, and Evergreen all turned out to detail their ongoing efforts on behalf of Greenpoint. Here are notes from the 2 hour meeting:

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Here’s How and Where to Compost Your Pumpkins!

Epic display of jack-o-lanterns on Java Street. Photo by Megan Penmann
Epic display of jack-o-lanterns on Java Street. Photo by Megan Penmann

Farewell, Halloween—time to finish off the candy corn before it goes stale, sweep up the cobwebs and deflate your giant spiders. If you or your neighbor still have a slowly decomposing jack-o-lantern or two sitting outside, by now they’re probably getting a little worse for wear (but hopefully not as bad as the Hawkins pumpkins in Stranger Things). If you don’t have a compost bin—the entire zone that makes up Community Board 1 should have one, though we’ve heard some residents or landlords have avoided using them—you can drop your pumpkin and its guts off at the McCarren Park Greenmarket on Saturday from 8am-2pm. Alternatively, if you’re into an old fashioned pumpkin smashing, you can head down to the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket for Pumpkin Smash 2017 from 9am-12pm on Sunday, November 5th. Do your part to help NYC become a Zero Waste city!

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Improve Our Parks! OSA & NYC Parks Town Hall Meeting Thursday (11/2)!

OSA & NYC Parks Town Hall Meeting

The Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn is hosting a Town Hall meeting this Thursday November 2nd from 6:30pm-8pm, where folks can pow-wow about ideas for improving our parks, as well as discussing park programming like health and wellness events, movie nights, music and art events, historical and nature walks and food events. Here’s a recap from the 2016 Town Hall meeting. This Thursday’s meeting will be held at the McCarren Play Center (776 Lorimer Street), and includes a light buffet dinner and drinks.

When: Thursday, November 2, 6:30pm – 8pm
Where: McCarren Play Center, 776 Lorimer (between Driggs and Bayard)
Who: Neighbors who love their parks and want to see more parks and better-kept, safer parks with more programming
Food and Drinks? Yes! A complimentary light buffet dinner and drinks will be served
*Childcare will be provided
RSVP: [email protected] (for headcount for food)

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McCarren Halloween Dog Costume Contest Next Saturday! (10/28)

bulldog wilma halloween costume
Photo: Marofoto

Costume Party and Fundraiser to support the McCarren Park Dog Run!
Saturday, October 28 at McCarren Dog Run (Driggs & N 12th)
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Bring your dog in costume, and enter the competition! More info to be announced, but save the date for some spooky hounds parading for a good cause! Continue reading

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Achievable Goals: The New York Sorta Marathon Comes to McCarren Park 11/12

Zach Broussard, Future Marathon Runner. Via Kickstarter
Zach Broussard, Future Marathon Runner. Via Kickstarter

Why run when you could walk? That seems to be question guiding this fall’s newest athletic not-quite-feat: The New York Sorta Marathon. Organized by comedian and former Greenpointer Zach Broussard, the Sorta Marathon is the first short marathon. Instead of 26.2 miles, the length of a traditional marathon, the race clocks in at just .2 miles.

Broussard explores some hard truths about marathons in his YouTube promo video for the event, including this rock-hard reality: 26.2 miles is way too long for most people. Designed to be a race anyone can finish, the event’s Kickstarter page exalts, “finally, a marathon FOR THE PEOPLE.” Broussard knows that not all of us have the time or the ability to train for a traditional race, but that we all face challenges personally or globally. So, how can we feel good? Skip the running and go straight to the runner’s-high! He told me, “lots of our online experience is watching people brag about things that are sometimes out of our own reach. So I thought it would be fun to create an event that allowed literally anyone the chance to brag about some crazy accomplishment.” Continue reading

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Sofar Sounds, Metal Yoga, Cindy Wilson, Goldie Awards — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/6–9/12)

* Awaken + Activate with Rockstar Shaman @ The William Vale (111 N 12th St), 7pm, $20, Join us as Alyson Charles guides a meditation, card reading & a chakra healing so you can deepen your connection to your purpose here on Earth, Buy tix
♫ Sofar Sounds @ Secret Location, 8pm, $15, An intimate concert in a secret Greenpoint location & BYOB. (use code GREENPOINTERS-5B7D8), More info
* Ismay Ousten & Avery Leigh’s Night Palace @ Magick City (37 Box St), 8:30pm, FREE, A night of shimmery full moon magic with dreamy kombucha cocktails & sweet, intimate vibes, More info
♦ Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave), 9pm, FREE, Concert footage, concept videos and a career retrospective make up a video portrait of pop superstar Michael Jackson, More info

* North Brooklyn L Train Council Candidates & Com. Partners Forum @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave), 6:30pm, FREE, This is your chance to ask questions and get answers about how your local leaders plan to navigate the coming shutdown, More info
♫ Goldie Awards 1st Annual DJ & Beat Battle @ Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St), 7pm, $20, Hosted by Dave East, Presented by A-Trak. Judges: Diplo, Mannie Fresh, Craze, Destructo, Just Blaze, Mija, & The Whooligan, Buy tix
# Rachel Baiman & Nathan Xander @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave), 8pm, $10, Buy tix
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Hosh Yoga is Moving! Yoga and Meditation Classes in McCarren 8/31-9/7

Hosh Yoga, via Instagram
Hosh Yoga, via Instagram
Greenpoint studio Hosh Yoga is moving from Nassau Avenue to a new space at 657 Meeker Ave on September 8th, after tremendous support from the Greenpoint community that helped them to exceed their $8500 fundraising goal on gofundme . Their last day of classes at the old studio will be tomorrowWednesday August 30th. The studio will be closed from August 31st through September 7th as they transition into the new space. During this time they will offer a full week of yoga and meditation classes in McCarren Park (you will need to bring your own mat), FREE for Members / $10 non-members—see the schedule after the jump.
The non-profit studio started eight years ago offering yoga classes in the park, eventually moving into the Nassau Avenue space. The move to the new space was necessary because their lease had expired and rent was jumping to more than double.

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Moon Over Greenpoint — Pics From The Solar Eclipse

Yesterday, Greenpoint residents gathered in Transmitter Park, McCarren Park and on rooftops and sidewalks to witness the solar eclipse. People crafted eclipse viewers and camera obscuras out of junked up booze boxes, shoeboxes, cereal boxes and discarded Amazon parcels. Hopefully no one burned their retinas. Here are some scenes from around the ‘hood:

Solar Eclipse in Greenpoint - Johnny Cirillo
Photo by Johnny Cirillo
Solar Eclipse in Greenpoint - Johnny Cirillo
Photo by Johnny Cirillo
Solar Eclipse in Greenpoint - Johnny Cirillo
Photo by Johnny Cirillo
Solar Eclipse in Greenpoint - Johnny Cirillo
Photo by Johnny Cirillo
Solar Eclipse in Greenpoint - Johnny Cirillo
Photo by Johnny Cirillo

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