Lookup McCarren Park in Wikipedia and you won’t find much more than 1) it was named in 1909 after Irish immigrant Patrick Henry McCarren who worked in the Williamsburg sugar refineries and became a state senator and 2) it now caters to the “punk and indie communities.” We know you’ll be spending lots of time in the parks this summer (perhaps with a jumbogarita in hand?), but wouldn’t it be nice to actually know something about them, like the engaged community member you aspire to be? Our friends over at Brooklyn The Borough point us to a rad-sounding event: The Parks Department’s Urban Park Rangers are offering a free tour, “Vigorous Hike: The McWalk,” on Saturday, which will go from McCarren to McGorlick Park to learn about the past, present and future of the McParks (not to be confused with McMansions).
One of the more commonly held themes (maybe even beliefs) about New York is that it is a pit of loneliness, where you can never feel more isolated while surrounded by millions of people. 30 Rock encapsulated New York’s uncanny ability to grind you down perfectly here. This can feel like a shitty city, especially during […]
Hot take: Halloween isn’t for everybody. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great holiday. It just favors creatives and DIY experts to a fault. Many people are Hallo-wise enough to start planning their costume for the following year on Nov. 1. — and if you’re one of those people, more power to you! — but that leaves the rest […]
Loitering has been a problem for coffee shop owners for so long that we’ve gone through several cycles of addressing it in New York City. First came limiting laptop hours and eliminating outlets, then things like timed wifi. Britcom hit Fleabag skewered the annoying laptop camper in its inaugural season this summer, which means it’s far from just an American […]