McCarren Pool was filled with people decked out in short shorts, unbuttoned shirts, tied-up shirts for girls, and oh so many sweatbands. This could only mean one thing: Wet Hot American Summer.
The first of the L Magazine’s Summerscreen series, McCarren Pool also housed the Williamsburg Block Party. Featuring the best of what Brooklyn has to offer: music and food. Starting at 4 p.m., local bands such as Helena Maria and The King Left serenaded while people munched on treats provided by San Loco and other neighborhood establishments (see “Taste of Williamsburg” on this page) and drinks by the Brooklyn Brewery.
The Block Party was held as a benefit for the Open Space Alliance of North Brooklyn. Though,OSA member Stephanie Thayer said the event was “as much about friend-raising and fun-raising as it was about fundraising.” The money will be used for local parks.
“Everyone in the neighborhood could come and just enjoy the music and film under the stars, or spend a bit to help improve our local parks,” Thayer said.
As hints of twilight appeared, a representative from L Magazine introduced the film and the special guest presenters: Michael Showalter, Joe Lo Truglio and Paul Rudd, stars and writers of Wet Hot American Summer. Showalter, who plays Coop in the film, walked out holding his laptop (a Mac, of course) and wearing a white headband, which, he said, he cut from a T-shirt. After introducing the film, and degrading themselves and each other, Wet Hot American Summer began.