Park barbecues: Where to grill in NYC this summer

The park barbecue is a great Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day standby. Gather your friends and fire up the grill in one of these park barbecue areas.

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  • Prospect Park

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    Prospect Park

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    Manhattan Beach Park

Prospect Park

Brooklyn parks with barbecuing areas

For permits and other information, call 718-965-8912 or visit nycgovparks.org

Prospect Park

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  • Free

With seven grilling areas spread over 585 acres, this Brooklyn hot spot is the borough’s undisputed barbecue mecca. We like the shaded area just north of the Picnic House: The building offers restrooms and soft-drink vending machines, and it’s a short walk if you need to grab extra treats from the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket (Sat 8am–4pm). Though patrons are welcome to bring their own barbecues, four grills and 12 picnic tables are available first-come, first-served. If you’re rolling 20 or more deep, you’ll need a permit from the Prospect Park Alliance. • (718-965-8951, prospectpark.org)

  1. Enter at Prospect Park West and 3rd St, Park Slope, Brooklyn
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Fort Greene Park

  • Free

Shady walks overlook the grassy lawns, and thick-trunked trees populate this former site of a Revolutionary War fort. If you're feeling active, there are basketball and tennis courts available; otherwise BYOG.

  1. Enter at Myrtle Ave between North Portland Ave and St. Edwards St
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Manhattan Beach Park

Tote your own grill to this beach on Brooklyn’s southern shore, where you can work up an appetite bodysurfing in the North Atlantic before retiring to one of two designated areas. Skip the concrete expanse attached to the northeast parking lot and head for the esplanade that stretches from the beach’s eastern edge all the way to Hastings Street (between the beach and the athletic courts). There are plenty of picnic tables, and with borough residents packing the beach during summer weekends, something interesting is always being cooked nearby.

  1. Enter at Oriental Blvd and Hastings St
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Red Hook Park

  • Free

This neighborhood park is known for its large public swimming pool and many food vendors, who serve traditional Latin fare in the ball field between Clinton and Court Streets. But if you're set on grilling your own meat, then bring your own grill, stake out a spot in the recreation area on the other side of the park, and fire 'er up.

  1. Enter at Bay St at Columbia St
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pam f
pam f

I live in NYC Housing , can we as residents BBQ on housing premises on onl major Holidays or is it not allow

lisalaflaca
lisalaflaca

I really don't think it's fair that the only place you can enjoy a family BBQ is north of 145 street what happenedto the family that live below 145st... that rule really sucks and its not fair..

Riverside Park
Riverside Park

LaBelleVie- it is Riverside park that they are referring to. Riverbank state park has an entry at 145th street and goes downtown to 137th street while Riverside park is the park that starts at 145th street and goes uptown. ( you can get to Riverside park via Riverbank park by taking some stairs down)http://www.nycgovparks.org/facilities/barbecue

LaBelleVie
LaBelleVie

it is called riverbank state park not riverside. check the facts.

zeke3572003
zeke3572003

great info however, the parks and recreations website states "May I hold my event on a major holiday weekend (Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Labor Day)? No, we are not able to issue permits for major holiday weekends, as we keep spaces clear for public use on a first-come, first-served basis on those days."