After sitting drained for 28 consecutive summers (and eventually serving as a love-it-or-hate-it concert venue), the McCarren Park Pool in North Williamsburg has been returned to its former, water-filled glory. The pool, originally installed in 1936, will re-open to the public on June 28th with space for 1500 folks in its 37,571 square feet.
As the giant pool is bound to lure plenty of newcomers to this corner of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, we've put together a list of vital summer-weather stops to make on your way to or from your cooling-off session.
For all your farm-to-table picnicking needs. Urban Rustic is part general store (of local goods), part local-beer shop, and part delicious, conscientious deli.
El Toro Taqueria
Sure, you could hike all the way back up Bedford to hit the Endless Summer truck, but this is just a few blocks off the northern edge of McCarren, and they've got kimchi tacos for the taking.
A cousin of Graham Ave Meats & Deli, Lorimer Market has massive, brilliant Italian sandwiches and prepared food (aka, the best picnic materials) that will cause you to instantly level up in outdoor dining.
A pleasantly unpretentious (you can show up in shorts and flip flops) roof bar for post-swimming refreshment. Grab one of their many beers on tap and head up to catch the sunset over the skyline.
This biergarten is tucked off the main Williamsburg beat, but makes for a less chaotic post-picnic respite than the neighboring Spritzenhaus.