Even in the dead of winter you might hear the phrase, "meet me at the pool!" McCarren pool has been keeping families cool during Brooklyn summers since way back in 1936, but for the first time in its 77-year history it will welcome visitors year-round. This holiday season, the recently rehabilitated pool deck will become the McCarren Rink, a transformation that has the press abuzz, including The New York Times. The rink will also include gourmet eats provided by Hanson Bros.?which was featured in a recent article on Grub Street? and an on-site skate shop, and is scheduled to remain open through January or longer, depending on public demand and weather predictions from local groundhogs.
Harold Torres, a certified fitness trainer and fitness nutrition coach, molds his clients’ bodies and health-related mindsets through a series of energetic personal training sessions. His custom workouts help people attain their personal fitness goals, including lose weight, train for a city marathon, or push their car to work to save on gas. He dispenses his sweat-inducing moves at the PRO-CT facility in Midtown or takes his commanding voice on the road to clients’ homes or residential building’s gyms for a mobile session.
While adults handle all of The Center@862's fundraising and fiscal management, the planning and promotion of events is up to a board of teens. The teens have thrown events including DJ parties, live-music nights, and video-game tournaments. Another such event: Zombie Asylum Haunted House, a yearly yelp-fest that partners the organization with Fright Room, a cadre of scare experts who transform Supply Field into a deserted madhouse that's maybe not so deserted after all. Thrills wait around every corner as patrons—and, if they're younger than 10, their parents—risk an encounter with a not-so-good doctor.
On off nights, the center accommodates teens from eighth graders through high schoolers as they play games of pool and pinball or snack on paninis and smoothies. Along with leisure activities, the center’s board schedules educational sessions such as practice SAT and ACT tests or babysitter training workshops, in which students learn bedtime-story alternatives to reading their algebra tests aloud.