NY Mag - Only five days after opening for summer and three days after backflipping teens caused the early closure of the McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, another melee broke out on Monday evening resulting in an arrest, one officer getting punched in the face, and an arm injury to another. According to CBS New York, lifeguards attempted to enforce the pool’s No Diving rule, but the young hooligans met those efforts with curses and threats, prompting someone at the pool to call police. The NYPD responded in full force, with not two or five or even ten officers, but at least twenty. One officer claimed that he was punched in the face during the altercation. Another officer channeled his inner Big Lebowski, shouting to a young man in handcuffs, ”That’s what happens when you hit a cop!”
NY Mag – Knowing that the last thing the McCarren Park Pool needs is more trouble, a gang of teen hooligans thoughtfully committed their horrific acts of violence elsewhere in the park. While thesecond day of what’s been dubbed “poopgate”has drawn considerable attention, another story is flying below the radar: On Friday night a 16-year-old boy was surrounded by other teens, then attacked with bats, broken bottles, and a knife. It’s likely he only survived thanks to a few good Samaritans.
NY Mag – Not even near-riots and locker-room robberiescompare to the horror experienced by swimmers at the reopened McCarren Park Pool this afternoon, when the water was cleared for a “diaper accident,” DNAinfo reports. The disgusting but unavoidable public pool christening shut down the fun for twenty minutes, at which point the borough’s bravest were once again allowed to share (hopefully very chlorinated) liquid with 1,500 of their closest friends.
Well, if I had to guess what it would be like spending a day at a public pool in Brooklyn, this is pretty much exactly as I’d envision it. Gang violence and riot squads and “diaper accidents.” Unless you wanna be the next Rodney King or swim in a 1.1 million gallon toilet, you should find another way to cool down. Even the Puerto Ricans who play in the fire hydrants are even smart enough to avoid these public pools.