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Where can I bbq in public in Brooklyn?

abu applesauce Mar 20, 2007 02:46 PM

Folks, a friend of mine is planning birthday bbq in prospect park. Can one q it up in prospect? My insitnct is telling me no. Growing up, I remember quing in manhattan beach, so i assume it's still ok there.
Any help is appreciated

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  1. EJC RE: abu applesauce Mar 20, 2007 02:49 PM

    There are designated grill areas in Prospect Park - I know one is near the bandshell where they have several of those cemented in public charcoal grills.

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    1. re: EJC
      sam1 RE: EJC Mar 20, 2007 02:54 PM

      still good in manhattan beach but as i grew up there, nothing is sadder than walking through an entire beach filled with hot coals and garbage at the end of the day.

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        mike in brooklyn RE: sam1 Apr 23, 2009 11:56 AM

        Hi Sam - I'm living in Man. Beach and right you are about the filth
        those people leave behind - I never go to the Beach in Summer - it's
        Ft. Tilden for me.

      2. re: EJC
        pitu RE: EJC Mar 21, 2007 04:31 AM

        another grilling area is just north of the Picnic House.
        In good weather, people stake out the spots early for big parties.
        The designated family member, with lawn chair and streamers, is usually set up by the time dog off-leash hours finish at 9am . . .

        You can get a permit (don't know if it's required) for groups over 20, along with an area assignment.

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        gnosh RE: abu applesauce Mar 20, 2007 02:53 PM

        This map: http://www.prospectpark.org/general/m...
        shows where in Prospect Park you can barbecue.

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        1. re: gnosh
          abu applesauce RE: gnosh Mar 20, 2007 03:01 PM

          Sam1--I always through out my trash...

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            abu applesauce RE: abu applesauce Mar 21, 2007 06:22 AM

            wow--was gonna write "though i always throw..." came up with "through"

        2. Tuttle RE: abu applesauce Mar 20, 2007 06:15 PM

          People have been bbq-ing in Fort Greene Park since forever and I've never seen anyone be bothered about it. (I've done it two or three times myself.) On Spring/Summer holidays and weekends there are dozens of people cooking on everything from hibachis to oil drums. Most of this is confined to the park's periphery along Washington Park and DeKalb. The neighborhood's changing though, so as always, YMMV.

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            Get In My Belly RE: Tuttle Mar 21, 2007 07:37 AM

            The official rules posted at Ft. Greene park read something like "BBQ'ing is not allowed in Ft. Greene park, but if you do BBQ, please be careful and clean up your mess"

          2. Quine RE: abu applesauce Mar 20, 2007 09:05 PM

            Yeah folks BBQ in Prospect Park all the time in the summer, Do try to take your trash out with you, as the buildup of it in the cans in the summer is huge.

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              MShapiro RE: Quine Mar 21, 2007 11:20 AM

              I'm not sure if they have designated 'pits', but do the Red Hook ball fields allow for BBQing? I could’ve sworn I’ve seen people grilling, but they might have been doing that on the sly.

            2. byrd RE: abu applesauce Mar 21, 2007 11:53 AM

              fyi, all official nyc parks bbq spots:


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                twarnock RE: abu applesauce Apr 21, 2009 04:34 PM

                has anyone here actually grilled in prospect park? how easy is it to get a grill, do you have to camp out all morning? or just get there really early?

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                  funniduck RE: twarnock Apr 21, 2009 08:17 PM

                  It's not terribly easy. There are public grills in a couple of locations. I've done it 5-6 times in the past 3 years by the picnic house. On a nice weekend, I get there around 9.30-10a to hold a table and a grill. You should bring a big book or a good friend. But if you bring your own grill you can set it up there too. I think the picnic house is the most popular area though.

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