Our local athletes suddenly find themselves running into trees – a problem! – whilst playing kickball in McCarren Park. So, to get to the bottom of this scoop, the Brooklyn Paper sent out the grizzled Ben Muessig to investigate the unfortunate planting of these “trees”….
The 20-odd baby trees, which were planted as a part of Mayor Bloomberg’s ‚”Million Trees” program, affect all three Brooklyn Kickball fields, which are used simultaneously on Sunday nights.
‚”You have to watch out, or else you’ll get hit in the back of the head,” said Bushwick resident B.J. Steiner of the ‚”Divine Sisterhood of the Sacred Bleeding Heart” squad.
The city responded:
‚”This area was originally conceived as a passive-use area,” Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson wrote in an e-mail. ‚”With many venues in McCarren Park already dedicated to active recreation such as its ballfields, turf field, running track and basketball courts, we also strive to ensure that space is available for more passive pursuits such as picnics, sunbathing, and book reading.”
Let me know how sunbathing under these new trees works out for you. In regards to your “passive-use” quote, Parks Department spokesman Phil Abramson, I would like to say, “That’s what she said.” Thank you and good night.
[photo by Katie Chao, c/o Brooklyn Paper]