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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. 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

      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.

      1. re: sam1

        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

        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.

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

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        1. re: gnosh

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

          1. re: abu applesauce

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Tuttle

            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. 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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            1. re: Quine

              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. fyi, all official nyc parks bbq spots:

              http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things...

              1. 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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                1. re: twarnock

                  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.