The grass was sparkling in McCarren Park Tuesday afternoon as the Gazetteers made their way back from the Luncheonette, full of cheeseburgers, french fries, and summer nostalgia.
The sound of happy shrieks and giggles emanating from Abate playground sent us on a slight detour. Water guns, interlocking swings, splashes in the Wading pool—it was like stepping through a time warp to those long early August days where school was still far enough away that summertime wasn’t a fleeting vacation—it was a lifestyle.
But, like any summer day worth living, it takes an individual to devise a signature mode of play. These Greenpoint and Williamsburg tweens and tots know what’s what at the Park. Here’s what they’re playing…
“Chase.” Emery and Niko
“Play tag without touching the floor.” —Victor
“Freeze tag because you get to run around.” —Brandon
“Same as him.”—Nicholas
“Water balloons because I like getting wet.” —Kayla
“Swings. Because it goes high and it’s fun.” —Ricky, Blue, Barry
“Swings, cause they’re relaxing.”
“Monkey bars cause you can act like a monkey.” —David R.
“Monkey bars cause no one can catch you when you’re playing tag, and when you’re up there alone, you can just relax.”—David S.