Once upon a time Brooklyn's McCarren Park Pool was a utopian hipster paradise of rock shows, dodgeball, and free Topshop roll-up rattan beach mats. But paradise was irrevocably lost last year when the empty pool was filled with lamestream water and brown clouds, and now the NYC Parks Department has added an ice rink, which opened today. We were sort of into the pool five years ago.

According to the press announcement, the rink is North Brooklyn's first and only ice skating rink. Organized by the non-profit Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, it's open through January seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for kids, with skate rentals costing $5. Some more details:

  • The rink measures 60 feet wide by 120 feet long, offering 7,200 square feet of natural ice skating surface.
  • It can accommodate 300+ people.
  • The rink is installed on top of "the beach" plaza located at the center of the pool area.
  • Visitors will be able to utilize the pool lockers and other facilities already at the site.
  • Hanson Bros. a food tent by the owner of No. 7 Sub and the co-owner of Jimmy's Diner and Anella, is selling concessions. These include "Crazy" hot dogs such as a Hacksaw Jim Dugghan (pulled pork, pickled jalapenos) for $6 and "Melts" like the Broccoli Cuban (Broccoli, roasted onions, pickles, mustard, swiss) for $6.

According to photographer Tod Seelie, "Tons of school kids got first crack at it; almost none of them had ever been on an ice rink before, as was quickly apparent by the fact that everyone was a wall-hugger. Overheard: This is all slippery n' shit, damn!"

NY1's Pat Kiernan, who resides in the neighborhood, cut the ribbon this morning along with other officials, including State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilmember Steve Levin. According to the announcement, the rink will also offer skating classes, clinics and demonstrations, in addition to providing a pro shop and skate sharpening. It all goes down at 776 Lorimer Street.