Sure, the temperatures were in the 90s, and until Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave the word that you could jump in the water you were forced to mill about on hot concrete in the glaring sun while speeches and proclamations were delivered. But despite that, it was still certainly the place to be seen.
But you know who we didn't see there? The area's two City Council members: Stephen Levin and Diana Reyna.
Which is extremely odd, considering that whenever the city hosts a positive event such as this it is customary to let the local representatives say a few words. Or at the very least stand behind the mayor and get a few photos in the newspapers or their mug on New York 1. But not this time.
We would say that maybe they were too busy or tied up in an official or unofficial capacity, and just couldn't make it to the opening, but we actually we saw Levin at the pool prior to the ceremony. He was dressed in a pair of shorts and a McCarren Park t-shirt, holding his dress shirt, slacks, and tie in this arms, leading us to believe that he was going to enjoy a dip in the new pool just as soon as he addressed the crowd.
In fact, we saw Reyna there, too. She strolled in just after the ceremony as the mayor was holding his Q&A with the press, so it's not unlikely that she couldn't have been there just 15 minutes early to say a few words about the transformation of the pool.
And it's not like the city was being exclusive about who they invited. Standing behind the podium with the mayor was Brooklyn Brewery owner Steve Hindy and Community Board 1 district manager Gerald Espisito, both well-respected community leaders, but not exactly the first people you would expect to be standing shoulder to shoulder with city officials.
So what gives? We think both Levin and Reyna might have been excluded from the festivities because of their recent – as in about two weeks ago recent – harsh criticism of the Bloomberg administration for failing to deliver on the park space it promised as part of the 2005 rezoning of North Brooklyn.
If we remember correctly, we think the word “legacy” and the equivalent of “tarnished” might have been tossed out there.
We guess the administration figured if Levin and Reyna don't like how the city is handling open space in North Brooklyn, then they don't get to come to the event the city is holding in a North Brooklyn park.
We assume both will still be allowed to swim in the pool.