Bar Tabac on Smith Street in Boerum Hill — the mediocre eaterie of the Bon Vivant set in Brooklyn — has for several years set up a petanque court (the French bocce) in the middle of Smith Street on Bastille Day.
All the hipsters love it and mimic the genuine, ancient Italian bocce-ballers of Carroll Gardens just up the road.
in this pic they are playing the game of Petanque, pronounced “pay-tahnk” It is a french game. It is not the same as Bocce Ball. Not to sound like a snob about it , Just to educate….. They use different balls and a different court. They are as close to one another as soccer and american football. THX!
actually, there’s a petanque club in Poznan, Poland, where you’d just been to (i guess, petanque it’s the French name of bocce ball, or as i’m reading about it now, it’s another form of boules). one in Poznan, and another club in Wroclaw, i think. both consist of players from 20 to about 40 years old ;)) i’ve never seen old people playing petanque in Poland, it’s an “import” game. the clubs i mentioned, have a small tournament each year, playing somewhere by the river in Poznan usually.