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Renovations In Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Will Do Away With ‘Hipster Lake’

Police at McCarren Park Pool - Brooklyn, NY - Jul 19, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Police at McCarren Park Pool – Brooklyn, NY – Jul 19, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Renovations have gotten underway in McCarren Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with the goal of doing away with the giant puddle known as “Hipster Lake.”

The Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning said in a blog post earlier this month that the Parks Department had begun a $930,000 capital project to improve drainage at the park. Currently, the association said, drainage problems “routinely create several small lakes around the park after heavy rains.”

Part of the park has been cordoned off for the project, the association said. The Parks Department told DNAInfo for a Tuesday report that the project will mean “Hipster Lake” – the giant puddle in the park between Bedford and Driggs avenues – will be eliminated by the summer.

City Councilman Stephen Levin (D-33rd) pushed through the funding for the renovations at McCarren Park last year, the publication reported.

“Hipster Lake” has long been a nuisance for users of the park, as it obstructs access to the kickball and softball playing field. The blog Gothamist noted that children have also used the huge puddle for wading and splashing over the years it has flooded the park, despite the brown and dirty conditions of the water.

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