NYC Parks

McCarren Park

Park, Track, and Playground
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
127 Tips and reviews
  • picnics
  • hipster
  • grass
  • people watching
  • margaritas
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  • Paola G.
    Paola GuerreroSeptember 1
    Great for people watching, and falcon sightings. Just curb your mexican hairless, if you don't want them to get swooped up. There are bats in the trees at night.
  • Amy C.
    Grab a slice and a six pack and kick it under a tree.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJuly 6
    Great park, very dog friendly. Lots of food trucks and activities.
  • Marilyn R.
    Marilyn RosaApril 11
    The track is a great place to exercise but it's best to come in early as to avoid the crowds.
  • Drew C.
    Drew ChristienApril 10
    Been here 10+ times
    The crowds have changed a bit over the years and while it's no longer the hipster paradise of yore, it's still a lovely place to read a book, take a run or watch/play dodgeball and softball.
  • Courtney K.
    Courtney KleinFebruary 18
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice location for a relaxing stroll. Also good for people and dog watching.
  • Ben G.
    Ben GaspariniAugust 21, 2016
    Nice park with good view of the city. Wonderful farmers market during the weekend (all year long).
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateJuly 30, 2016
    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.🌳.
  • Baked Z.
    Baked ZittiJuly 25, 2016
    Be sure to bring a blanket! The lack of rain has made the grass a bit dry and prickly. But this is still the best park in Williamsburg!
  • Gaby G.
    Gaby GingolaJune 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Look at the cute dogs at the dog run
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 2, 2016
    July 27th: Get a big dose of '90s high school nostalgia at McCarren Park’s outdoor screening of 10 Things I Hate About You. Read more
  • Ed C.
    Ed ChristmanMay 27, 2016
    Plenty of space to layout and enjoy the day. People and pet friendly.
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaMay 10, 2016
    Small park, but very cozy and calm.
  • Meg P.
    Meg PengueApril 24, 2016
    Snooze in the grass and watch a baseball game
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaMarch 26, 2016
    Solid neighborhood park, but nothing special worth visiting for
  • Amaury H.
    Amaury HenderickMarch 15, 2016
    Almost as good a place to go people watching as Washington square, but it's more spread out so it feels a bit quieter at first.
  • Outdoor Voices
    Outdoor VoicesNovember 19, 2015
    Andrew Parietti, President of Outdoor Voices, often meets friends here for morning games of tennis during the week. Read more
  • Lee L.
    Lee LawrenceNovember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get your BBQ on here in the summer. Is that illegal? Whatever.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiOctober 24, 2015
    Family oriented, well maintained, and great place for picnic
  • Marc G.
    Marc GAugust 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect place to chill and eat breakfast in the morning.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GiriAugust 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    There seem to be athletics going on twenty four hours a day, and I love it.
  • noah s.
    noah suppinAugust 16, 2015
    Highest concentration of man-buns in North America
  • Danny T.
    Danny TrejoAugust 9, 2015
    It has a the things you could want in a park. Dog park, movie night, football field, track, pool, basketball courts, seriously what doesn't this park have?
  • Nate F.
    Nate F.July 23, 2015
    Get margaritas from Turkey's Nest to bring here, bask in the sun with your pale friends.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Francis
    FrancisJuly 19, 2015
    Great for swimming in the pool, exercising, running, skating and tennis!
  • Afi Y.
    Afi Yellow-DukeJuly 8, 2015
    Hipster watching: your new favorite sport. The concerts here are also pretty great.
  • timoni w.
    timoni westJuly 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like skies this is a good place
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJune 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    All American summer park vibe with none of the stuffiness, pretentiousness and perfection of Central Park. Real people, real grass and real weeds.
  • Leigh Anne Z.
    Play some softball, read a book in the shade, watch a beautiful sunset.
  • Amy T.
    Amy TremmelJune 9, 2015
    Always crowded but there's usually someplace to hide away!
  • Peter K.
    Peter KellyJune 2, 2015
    Grab some shade and a discrete margarita from Turkeys Nest and do some people watching.
  • Ana Marie
    Ana MarieMay 12, 2015
    Hipster happy place
  • L B.
    L BMay 7, 2015
    Good for people watching
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanApril 21, 2015
    The grass is usually burnt and destroyed, but fun to people watch during softball games. Grab a drink to go from the Turkey Nest.
  • Ben H.
    Ben HuffApril 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Love pumpin iron with the old polish dudes in the outdoor gym
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerMarch 9, 2015
    free movies in the summertime!
  • Ian G.
    Ian GreenleighFebruary 21, 2015
    Bring a big blanket and a flask.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SilverJanuary 24, 2015
    Cool park to hang with your dog and family, come during the day only.
  • Felix M.
    Felix MoyJanuary 17, 2015
    Morning exercise, look what I find...
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always nice here
  • Liz T.
    Liz TanDecember 27, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Off leash dog session before 9am.
  • Duncan P.
    Duncan PJNovember 9, 2014
    Great place to relax and people watch in summer
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurOctober 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Go for a jog. Smoke a spliff, play baseball, pet a dog.
  • Sean F.
    Sean FlemingOctober 1, 2014
    A massive bunch of parks where you can do anything, ANYTHING!
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikAugust 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a lot to do at McCarren Park: basketball courts, baseball fields, a huge swimming pool. I come here to stare enviously at people's dogs.
  • Anna O.
    Anna OhareAugust 19, 2014
    Go to Dos Torros and pick up some food to eat lying on a blanky in the park.
  • Phil B.
    Phil BucklerAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch baseball in the park on a Sunday
  • Heather P.
    Heather PopilAugust 9, 2014
    Great for eating ice cream while watching hot guys play soccer
  • Stacy
    StacyAugust 9, 2014
    Awesome. Bar down street let's you bring drinks to go.
  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    It’s worth noting that bringing your javelin to the dog park can ruffle some serious feathers.
  • Nick N.
    Nick NorwoodJune 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    take ur shoes off
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WMay 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    People without tattoos are NOT allowed in the park.
  • Compass
    CompassApril 18, 2014
    The beloved park in between Greenpoint and Williamsburg is known for its kickball leagues, public pool, and summer movie screenings.
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MarinovicFebruary 24, 2014
    Frozen! Be careful
  • janelle g.
    janelle guntherOctober 30, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    a dump, but getting better. slowly.
  • Eric T.
    Eric TabalaJune 20, 2013
    Don't sit on the grass
  • Doris k.
    Doris kJune 15, 2013
    Bbq's , music, people and lots of laughter here!!
  • Leah M.
    Leah MorganJune 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The pianos are back!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJune 4, 2013
    Visit Williamsburg's wood chipped dog run for some fun and go out for brunch at one of the many neighboring dog-friendly outdoor restaurants in the area.
    Upvoted Oct 7
  • Carrot C.
    Carrot CreativeFebruary 1, 2013
    Tennis, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, football and more. Make sure to bring your Wilson gear.
  • Christopher A.
    Christopher AraujoOctober 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Head over to the Turkey's Nest and get a special to-go cup before you bask in the grass. Or, if you're feeling active, head on over to the concrete fields and play a pickup game of kickball.
  • İkra K.
    İkra KılıçAugust 5, 2012
    lay in da park 4 watch the sky nd salute dear sunshine wth ur dogz nd of course dont forget 2 take a ice coffee!
  • Bollare
    BollareJuly 18, 2012
    Laying in the park, sipping ice coffee, dog and style watching. It accumulates all the locals into one spot where you're bound to run into your friends -Running in Wedges
  • Mike Bloomberg
    Mike BloombergJuly 9, 2012
    On 6/28/12, I opened the newly renovated McCarren Park Pool & announced all City pools are open:
  • Wahyu R.
    Wahyu RobiJune 5, 2012
    mbuh kie nengdi je
  • Bastian B.
    Bastian BeyerMay 31, 2012
    Free Wi-Fi! Extra points if you know where "Wi-Fi" comes from
  • Juan M.
    Juan MonroyApril 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There's wifi here. Key cuz of unusable AT&T iPhone service
  • Nicholas J.
    Nicholas JarrettMarch 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Mind on my money, & my money on mind. Gin + juice. Boombox. Go.
  • Victor
    VictorMarch 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite tree was cut down. Fuck this park!
  • Clay G.
    Clay GladMarch 22, 2012
    Was: hipster park. Is: MILF park.
  • MetroFocus
    MetroFocusMarch 15, 2012
    If you're looking for an unconventional sport to play, try out for the Brooklyn Kickball team. The season "kicks off" in May and plays every Sunday at McCarren Park (Gilroy Field). Read more
  • NYC Parks
    NYC ParksMarch 5, 2012
    If you go near the field house, you can connect to free Wi-Fi.
  • Zbigniew R.
    Zbigniew RokoszFebruary 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I wonder if I ever become a mayor here
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BremmerJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    RIP vagina tree.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew ROctober 25, 2011
    I dropped a Collectivus Purple Balloon Thingie here. Look for Thingies near here too. Read more
  • Sokenbicha Tea
    Sokenbicha TeaOctober 17, 2011
    Be sure to check out Hosh Yoga in the park every Saturday on the corner of Bedford and Lorimer. Their Pay-What-You-Wish policy is an added bonus to this relaxing experience.
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KristofferOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Free Wi-Fi, solid dog runs.
  • Brigid H.
    Brigid HoganOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    grab a to-go marg from turkey's nest and enjoy it while sunning with a j.
  • Mashable
    MashableOctober 13, 2011
    Hipsters rejoice! This huge Williamsburg Park is part of AT&T and New York City's initiative to bring wi-fi to 26 city parks. Read more
  • Nick F.
    Nick FodenOctober 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Look out for FOUL BALLS
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkSeptember 27, 2011
    It's the place to soak up some sun or exercise on the running track or sports field.
  • Jordan R.
    Jordan RamirezAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Kickball on Sunday nights is one of the original Williamsburg hipster spectacles. BYOB and enjoy. Read more
  • Elicia B.
    Elicia Banks-GabrielAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best people watching.
  • julie s.
    julie schiroJuly 29, 2011
    find a nice spot between the cigarette butts and brown grass
  • Mario G.
    Mario GarciaJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Since yr in McCreegan Park you should probably go on the prowl for some crrreegan. Vegan creegan preferably.
  • David G.
    David GwilliamJuly 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hipster Zoo Read more
  • justinstoned
    justinstonedJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Only place to view Free Range Hipsters in their native setting in such high densities. Weekends after 1 pm best time.
  • bobble
    bobbleJuly 7, 2011
    need some refreshment after that kickball game? fill up bobble at one of the park's 19 fountains and keep those water bottles out of the trash.
  • Nate
    NateJune 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Hang out with the old Polish men in the northwest corner. BBQ with the Latinos in the northeast. Run laps at the track with everyone.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff StevensJune 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Have a picnic in the park! Read more
  • Juan G.
    Juan GarciaJune 26, 2011
    Bring a portable chair.
  • pinsuda s.
    pinsuda sagooleimJune 20, 2011
    Lay in the grass and enjoy the people watching... gorgeous hipsters. Read more
  • Valentina D.
    Valentina DjokicMay 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Love, love, love MY park! Wish I could do more about those few rude individuals showing up once in a while, BUT - no worries - have been working on it:); only NICE people welcome, ok?:-); let's enjoy!
  • Mark C.
    Mark CáceresMay 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Go over to Turkey's nest and get a frozen margarita then come here and chill. SWAG
  • NYC Smoke-Free
    NYC Smoke-FreeMay 18, 2011
    As of 5/23/2011, McCarren Park, along with all other NYC parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas, is smoke-free! Learn more at
  • Olivia P.
    Olivia PMay 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    For peace & quiet and a real park setting - go here on the weekdays during the day. If you want the NYC crowds and inhalation of cigarette smoke come weekend afternoons and evenings w/ the Hipsters.
  • Kyle C.
    Kyle CorriganApril 17, 2011
    Watch for the rouge soccer balls that fly off the field
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RJanuary 22, 2011
    Awesome park for the dogs! Great to just take a stroll threw on a Saturday morning.
  • shirley g.
    shirley gonzalezJanuary 4, 2011
    Brrrr cold ass hell but once i get my joggings on its on & poping! Off the hook to go relax, wooooo-Sah & slap them I-pod's & jog ya ass off & shape that ass up! lol..
  • Kelsey M.
    Kelsey M.November 28, 2010
    dont get caught by the cops
  • Mazda
    MazdaOctober 31, 2010
    Music lovers in the know come here to check out groundbreaking acts like TV on the Radio and Grizzly Bear.
  • Johnny
    JohnnyOctober 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Ed...get off my shit...haha....IMPACT
  • John S.
    John SalasJuly 27, 2010
    I saw Death Cab here.. Then it started to rain..
  • Lena
    LenaJuly 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    My puppy loves this park at night, plenty of grass area to roam and you can unleash your dog after 9 p.m. Lighted field & track and summer film screenings are a super plus!
  • James C.
    James CorderoJuly 2, 2010
    Lots of dirty looking people who act like bunch of clones!!!
  • thecoffeebeaners
    thecoffeebeanersJune 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    If you are in Gpoint you must check out Stumptown coffee from Cafe Royal or Brooklyn Standard on Nassau!
  • Brian A.
    Brian AugustJune 22, 2010
    People who seem to be innocently standing around and watching actually have mad piano chops. You'll see.
  • David B.
    David BuccolaJune 20, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Great dog park, beautiful gardens, and lots of cool people.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KJune 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Speak spanish and get a mullet to play in the soccer games on the weekend.
  • Joe S.
    Joe StewartJune 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    It's legal for women to go topless in this park. Try it out!
  • jtagg
    jtaggJune 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Gotta love the cuddlebums !!
  • Marian Z.
    Marian ZJune 3, 2010
    have a picnic and bring your dog to the dog run.
  • figureitout A.
    figureitout AdrianaMay 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Science is the best skateboarder, he has claimed every tree.
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel CintraApril 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    11 a side soccer on weekends
  • Kerry F.
    Kerry FinertyMarch 6, 2010
    Sexy soccer in he summertime
  • Monica B.
    Monica BloomJanuary 28, 2010
    i miss the concerts there. but the dog run is still one of the best. my dog, Cash, misses it dearly. he's so brooklyn.
  • Allan G.
    Allan GrinshteinDecember 20, 2009
    If you see Tom, say hi.
  • Nathan H.
    Nathan HamblenNovember 11, 2009
    Survive a game of "touch football" without crying, being touched. Read more
  • Madge M.
    Madge McAugust 22, 2009
    proceed with caution to the restrooms.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RiesJuly 12, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Get your styrobeers and $6 margaritas
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DanielMay 24, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Jerk off to all the Hipster-Bike-Porn.
  • Terence A.
    Terence AdamsApril 15, 2009
    makes me remember to fly a kite.
  • Arnaud R.
    Arnaud RéautéJune 27, 2016
    Super parc
  • Rita ✨.
    Rita ✨DaKoTa✨November 17, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Лучшее место для обретения душевного равновесия и просто лежания на травке под солнышком. Место реально лечит душу.
  • Larissa
    LarissaMarch 11, 2015
    Lindo o Park! Ótima localização. Brooklin ❤️
  • Jhoan M.
    Jhoan MagallanesAugust 11, 2014
    Buen lugar para relajarte hacer un poco de ejercicios
  • Kaisar F.
    Kaisar FarhanFebruary 9, 2011
    mengenang masa laluu....
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