McCarren Park

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2013

    Where to Brunch This Weekend: CU 29 Copper, La Tarte Flambee, China Grill, and Stella 34

    Are there floods of tourists between you and your gingerbread latte? Is the bitter cold preventing you from picking up breakfast in the morning? Suck it up and head out for brunch. Here are a few places to unwind with some booze and bacon while you avoid the hordes dressed like Jolly Old St. Nick.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    10 Ideas Under $10 for Your Week: Elves at Spectacle and Social Photography III at Carriage Trade

    The holidays are creeping in on us. And you know what else is? A freakish Christmas elf! Catch a screening of the 1989 B-movie Elves at Spectacle Theater. But before that let's figure out what films are actually doing to our brains at ArtLab's Film and the Unconscious.

  • Voice Choices

    November 27, 2013


    Break out the skates 
for a holiday treat

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Where to Brunch This Weekend: Guilty Goose, Fred's, Clement, and Enid's

    Just got word the in-laws are coming into town early? Here's a look the best post-hangover options you'll want to explore if you're taking the news a little hard on a Friday night.

  • Voice Choices

    July 3, 2013


    Free movies in McCarren Park

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    High and Dry: Williamsburg's "Hipster Lake" Says Goodbye

    Attention Williamsburg: get your sepia-toned Instagram pics of the sepia-toned "Hipster Lake" while you can at McCarren Park. According to the Parks Department, they've started renovating the park, in part, to drain the infamous accidental pond, and expect to finish this summer. According to DNAin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Brooklynites, You're Going To Have To Ice-Skate Somewhere Else This Winter

    Come winter, New Yorkers love to ice-skate. They also love to hibernate for three months and watch Woody Allen movies (for whatever the reason, his flicks comfortably settle when it's freezing outside). However, I do not like to ice-skate - I tried my unbalanced luck at the rink in Central Park a fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2012

    The McCarren Park Pool Has the Worst Luck Ever

    Every week, we are offered another story from the scene at McCarren Park Pool. Ever since the Greenpoint/Williamsburg water venue re-opened last month, there have been a whole slew of fights with teeny-boppers beating the crap out of each other left and right. And, of course, we have heard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2012

    Live: Vaz, Prince Rama, And Telepathe Open For Dirty Dancing

    Dirty Dancing w/Vaz, Prince Rama, Telepathe McCarren Park basketball court Wednesday, July 25 Better than: Watching at home. Somebody finally figured out how to get people to show up and sit through opening bands: just make the headlining act a free outdoor screening of a beloved movie. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2012

    Live: Hospitality Keeps Cool, 4Knots Gets Hot, And Crocodiles Get Carried Away

    Hospitality, Crocodiles 4Knots Music Festival Main Stage Saturday, July 14 Better than: Waiting in line at McCarren Pool. Now are the times of heat. During Hospitality's set, the sun shone brightly. It was hot; shade was at a premium. The Brooklyn trio's brand of dreamy indiepop, which mixes child ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2012

    McCarren Park Pool Party Poopers Force Early Close

    That headline alliteration was hard for us to say, too.On Thursday, after three years of renovations that cost over $50 million, the "hipster playground" known as McCarren Park Pool re-opened with a cutting ceremony led by Mayor Bloomberg and hundreds of heat refugees. (We brought our camera&nb ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 27, 2012


    Williamsburg gets 
its pool back

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Live: Of Montreal And Jens Lekman Bliss Out At McCarren Park

    Of Montreal w/Jens Lekman McCarren Park Friday, June 15 Better than: Listening to Diamond Dogs during your "Poststructuralism and Feminist Theory" seminar. Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman's loss was serendipitous curation's gain during the Northside Festival's biggest show. Onstage alone du ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 13, 2012


    Hop the L to 350 bands

  • Voice Choices

    May 23, 2012


    In search of brains, beer

  • Voice Choices

    January 11, 2012


    Sharon Van Etten gets cozy at WNYC

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Say Hello to Shake Shack Brooklyn, Pera Soho

    Here are the latest newcomers to New York City's cutthroat dining scene. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know. At long last, Shake Shack has opened in Brooklyn. The chainlet's newest store is located in the Fulton Street Mall. [Serious Eats] Ryan Skeen has officially taken char ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    How You Can Help Upstate NY, NJ, and Vermont Farmers Now

    ​Lots of people have asked me how they can help farmers whose acreage has been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irene. In the coming months there will doubtlessly be a host of benefits for farms at restaurants, concert halls, and other venues, but there is something you can do more immediatel ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 17, 2011


    Glass Bandits Theater Company present The Little Mermaid

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Live: Beirut And Sharon Van Etten Beat The Rain At McCarren Park

    ​ Beirut w/ Sharon van Etten, Yellow Ostrich McCarren Park Friday, June 17 Better than: The rainout that at one point seemed likely. It was hard to see Yellow Ostrich through all of the umbrellas when they first took the McCarren Park stage on Friday. By the time the band finished their fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Comments of the Week: Village Voice T-Shirt Giveaway!

    ​This week we're starting a new feature in which we give away Village Voice t-shirts to some of our esteemed commenters. We've judged this week's crop and have come away with some winners. If your comment was picked, email web editor Francesca Stabile to claim your prize. Because there's nothi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Williamsburg's McCarren Park Has a Dominatrix

    Imagine our pleasure when we stumbled upon this delightful video in the "pets and animals" section of YouTube (the things we do for you!). Here is a dominatrix doing what she does best in McCarren Park. People around her range from moderately amused to completely oblivious. This summer is shaping up ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 18, 2011


    Hipsters. Zombies. Same thing.

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2011

    The Weather Is Much Improved: Five Places to Take Advantage in NYC

    ​This weather is really something! For everyone besides weekend bloggers. You're probably out frolicking already, aren't you. But if you're not -- if you're hungover and melting into a blob in front of Jersey Shore, mired in an existential crisis about what you're doing with your life -- it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Live: M.I.A. Encounters (And Conquers!) Further Adversity At Terminal 5

    Doing a lot better now, thanks. Pics by Jason Gross, more below.​M.I.A. Terminal 5 Monday, September 27 Better Than: Getting drenched at her last gig. Listen, Maya, if you don't like this review, don't Tweet my cell. You're having a shitty year, but everyone else has, too. Yours is just more ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 11, 2010


    A choreographer takes advantage of the heat wave

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Justin Bieber's Lesbian Haircut Gets Taken to Task in Williamsburg

    Click to enlarge. We like the idea better than the execution here, but these fictional Office of Blame Accountability bills wheatpasted on Bedford Ave, along McCarren Park, take all sorts of well-known figures task: Bloomberg (for "being a douchebag"), New Yorkers (for "returning to the values of 9- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Signs of Attrition in Hasid-Hipster War; Is Peace Forthcoming?

    ​The blogger behind the deliciously feisty Musings of an Irate Commuter has posted an open letter that gives us faith in a communing of spirits that have long held very different beliefs. (See "Hipsters Repaint Bike Lanes in Brush Off to Hasids," and "Clash of the Bearded Ones.") As it turns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2010

    The Early Word: Kickstand Coffee, Williamsburg's First Coffee Bike

    Mackenzie SchmidtKickstand sets up shop at McCarren Park.​In our many caffeinated years, we've committed every crime known to coffee--making old hot coffee into iced, reheating in the microwave, and mixing vintages (making new coffee over yesterday's lingering leftovers in the pot). We're not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Watch Hipsters Exert Themselves!

    ​Tomorrow at McCarren Park in Brooklyn the 2nd annual Punk Rope Games will ensue. They start at 10:15 a.m. (does anyone actually get up and into their skinny jeans/shorts with knee socks that early?) with a "procession of nations." The actual games -- throwing around rubber chickens and styrof ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Sad Things for Lonely People: Hipster Speed Dating

    Doesn't this sound fun? If it's free, it must be good! ​

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    Williamsburg's First (?) Mardi Gras Parade Leads to Confusion, Rabble-Rousing, Brooklyn Bowl

    Mackenzie SchmidtShow me your . . . drifts?​ The L Magazine put on what may very well be Williamsburg's first Mardi Gras parade last night amid confused, yet surprisingly festive revelers. An impressive purple, gold, and green float stocked with burlesque dancers in winter jackets, and the mag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Week in Review: I Dunno, I Don't Smoke

    YYYs, by Rebecca Smeyne, of course.​In the week in which death shrugged off the "summer of" appellation and kept right on killing people, we mourned the Death Set's Beau Velasco, a good man cut down too early, and Mr. Magic, whose work as a DJ in New York in the 1980s is an enormous wormhole d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2009

    In Case You Missed Our Photos from Sunday's Pool Party With the Dirty Projectors. . .

    Sam HorineDirty Projectors Dave Longstreth . . . they are here. Sunday was the second week of Jelly NYC's Pool Parties, relocated this summer from McCarren Pool, and Dirty Projectors proved to Brooklyn for the first time since Bitte Orce's' official release that they've only begun to feel out the e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Jelly NYC Pool Party Addendum: Leave Your Pink Uggs, Cargo Shorts at Home

    In a blow to snake-handlers everywhere, Jelly NYC has posted this entertaining graphic of prohibited material for this year's slate of free Sunday-afternoon shows in Williamsburg. Banned items include grenades, machine guns, syringes, throwing stars, bald eagles, and--showing that the series is de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    No Age, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon Playing Jelly Space 2009

    Deerhunter at McCarren Pool last summer, photo by Rebecca Smeyne No Age, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon--the CMJ 2007 All-Star trifecta--just announced a summer tour, and the schedule includes an August 2 date at the Jelly Space 2009. Excellent news, since this officially confirms that Jelly NYC are throw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2008

    This Week's Voice: Fall Arts Previews, Juliana Hatfield, The Game, Sonic Youth, Hitchcock and Truffaut, and More

    Thurston Moore at McCarren Park, photo by Christopher Owyoung In this week's Village Voice, Fall Arts take center stage: Stacey Anderson is deafened by My Bloody Valentine, Aaron Hillis checks in with Robert Downey Sr., Giles Harvey compares John Ashbery to a skyscraper, and Robert Shuster revisits ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    The Last Jelly NYC Pool Party: Yo La Tengo and Titus Andronicus

    Yo La Tengo and Titus Andronicus onstage photos by Rebecca Smeyne Easley Makes The Turn and Heads For Home Yo La Tengo Titus Andronicus McCarren Park Pool Sunday, August 24 The social hour of JellyNYC's final McCarren Pool party spilled onto the stage Sunday, the audience veritably surrounding Y ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 19, 2008


    Catch Wes Anderson’s very best

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    The Knives Come Out in Williamsburg

    First it was the revelation that MTV's traveling petri dish, The Real World, was settling in Red Hook. Then came word that Bravo's slightly more sophisticated but no less dramalicious reality hit Top Chef was heading to Williamsburg. Now, we may know just where the young chefs of the latter show wi ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 2, 2008


    Ophelia loses it in McCarren Park Pool

  • Music

    May 27, 2008

    The Official Guide to Twee Outdoor Summer Dance Parties

    Stock up on deodorant, and gird yourself for another trip down the ol’ Slip N Slide

  • Music

    July 24, 2007

    Whose Nostalgia?

    No R.I.P. for the rock album just yet—Sonic Youth's seminal Daydream Nation lives again at McCarren Pool.

  • News

    July 24, 2007
  • Blogs

    June 16, 2007

    No Sleep Til Brooklyn: Beastie Boys @ McCarren Tix Go on Sale at Noon

    My job's ain't a job it's a damn good time Yup, they're $49. But it's the Beastie Boys at McCarren Park Pool, dopes. You best be advised to get them now before you're stuck poking around Craig's belly in early August. They're also playing Central Park Summerstage the day before; start clicking beca ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    May 8, 2007

    Get Your Cool On

    From free cookouts to urban beaches, the best in New York's summer scenes

  • NYC Life

    January 30, 2007
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    August 1, 2006
  • NYC Life

    May 16, 2006

    Fresh Direct

    Seasonal fare abounds at farmers' markets around the city

  • NYC Life

    May 4, 2004

    Cabin Fever

    The heat is on—and for a limited time only—so get out of the house and soak it up before it's gone

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