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A group of residents who live near Prospect Park want to ban grilling in the park, because they say it causes toxic fumes to waft into playgrounds, public walkways and nearby homes. Park Sloper Daz Ryan has garnered 132 signatures so far on his Change.org petition, “Make Prospect Park Toxic Free by 2015.”

She told the Daily News she lives near the park on 14th Street and suffered through years of hazardous smoke seeping into her house. She is forced to close all her windows, and the smoke has even set off her carbon monoxide detector, she said.

Grilling is only allowed in certain areas on the outskirts of the park, but plenty of parkgoers ignore the rules and set up grills wherever they please, according to the story. The fumes also affect aquatic life, herons, ducks, turtles, frogs and possums, according to park cleanup volunteer Randi Lass.

“Runoff from the charcoal wind up in the lake, threatening all living things that require the lake for sustenance,” she told the News.

At least one park goer was outraged by the proposal. “This is everybody’s backyard,” he said as he grilled burgers. “Not everybody has the privilege of having a backyard.”

Borough President Eric Adams’ office said they were considering the issue. What do you think should be done?

Prospect Park-Goers Call for a Barbecue Ban in the Massive Green Space [NYDN]
Photo by Kristin Resurreccion

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Tennessee-style BBQ joint Humo Smokehouse is hosting a ribbon-cutting to announce their official opening Wednesday on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene. The restaurant at 336 Myrtle Avenue offers brisket, pulled pork, ribs, pork belly and sausage, which have been smoked in-house and brushed with a custom dry rub. Humo also serves classic southern sides like chili, smoked black beans, potato salad and cole slaw. Owner Raul Perez and his team get their produce and meat from several local farmers through Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership’s Farm to Neighborhood program.

Although the restaurant held a soft opening earlier this month, it finally has its liquor license and is ready to welcome its Fort Greene neighbors. And the Yelp reviews are promising. The ribbon-cutting will happen Wednesday at 4 pm. GMAP

Photo by Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

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A sit-down Texas and Southern BBQ joint with a full bar called G. Lee’s Smokin’ BBQ will soon open east of Franklin. The menu will range from Texas-style barbecue to catfish and shrimp Louisiana po’ boys, Carolina pulled pork and fried okra. The restaurant is going to project old black-and-white westerns on the ceiling and host live music a couple of times a month. The rest of the time they’ll be playing honky tonk, blues, and soul. G. Lee’s Smokin’ BBQ has completely finished its renovations and already has its liquor license. The owners say they’re planning to open by the end of September or early October. The restaurant, located at 813 Nostrand near Union, will join a handful of other sit-down spots east of Franklin and has room for 70 people, including at the bar. Think it will be a nice addition to the neighborhood? See more photos of the interior after the jump! GMAP

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We’ve got you covered for BBQ in Queens this hot July weekend. Pack a bag of charcoal, load the cooler with beer and burgers, and get to any of these parks to legally grill outdoors. Here is a map of all three parks.

Alley Pond Park – It’s a small park with a mostly blacktop area to BBQ so get there early to claim a grill. The best place to enter the park is at Springfield Blvd and 76th Ave. GMAP

Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Two BBQ areas and 24 grills make this park your best bet if you’re getting a late start after that brunch Bloody Mary. Go in at Jewel Ave and Van Wyck Expwy. GMAP

Forest Park, Woodhaven – 5 grills available in Forest Park, the largest continuous oak forest in Queens. You can enter at Woodhaven Blvd at Forest Park Dr for quickest grill access. GMAP

Image source: QueensNYC Flickr pool – user ChrisGoldNY