Lounging in Prospect Park with friends while sharing a picnic spread is not an uncommon sight on any given summer weekend. But this year’s events have a put damper on hanging out anywhere—outdoors or indoors—with social distancing in mind and a ban on park barbecues (it wasn’t even an option over Memorial Day weekend). But earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he’s allowing New Yorkers to grill in the city’s parks over the Fourth of July weekend. Here’s where to get your grill on.
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1. All parks prohibit open fires, ground fires and propane.
2. Keep grills at least ten feet away from trees and overhead branches.
3. Parties of 20 or more in city parks must obtain a special-events permit for $25 (processing takes approximately one month) (Manhattan: 212-408-0226; Brooklyn: 718-965-8912; Queens: 718-393-7272; nyceventpermits.nyc.gov/parks).
4. Dispose of coals in the marked drums, or extinguish with water and wrap in foil before putting in a nearby Dumpster.