When the temperature rises, New Yorkers from across the five boroughs hit the city’s parks to take part in that classic American ritual of grilling with their neighbors. We went to Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park to see what’s cooking.
“The notion that John Gotti — or any single mob figure — was some sort of omnipotent New York mafioso is ludicrous. The word 'Godfather' had a nice, Brando-esque ring, but the title itself is a fraud”
The '80s “empowered” icky crustaceans like Rush Limbaugh, Dinesh D'Souza, Allan Bloom, and Mary Matalin... ruminating on family values, the evil lifestyle of homosexuals, the glories of war, the absolute sanctity of money, and the motto of Republicans the world over: Admit Nothing, Blame Everybody, Be Bitter.
The war in Northern Ireland is one of the longest-running and most intensive guerrilla insurgencies in the history of modern warfare. On one side, the forces of the British union. On the other, the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Beyond them, a network of supporters 3000 miles away in the United States.
“Girl group records were based in the relationship of a young girl and an older man (white, until Berry Gordy) who put her on a pedestal and held her in thrall; out of that relationship came some of the most urgent and intense rock and roll ever made.”
“For nearly two weeks the Singer-Swapps — a family of fundamentalist Mormons — barricaded themselves in their cabin and, armed with an arsenal of handguns, rifles, and sawed-off shotguns, held off an army of county deputies and federal agents. On the 13th day, the standoff erupted into a gun battle that left one officer dead.”
Brazilian immigrant and Park Slope, Brooklyn, resident Alex Rodrigues and his son Adler, 7, in Prospect Park grilling beef short ribs, chicken hearts (a Brazilian specialty), and calabrese sausage
— "because a lot of Italians emigrated to Brazil." He said, "The good thing about this corner is that you have Mexicans, Koreans, Russians — and Americans with hot dogs."
A going-away party for Midwood, Brooklyn, native and U.S. Marine PFC Alfred Muniz, 20 (in blue shirt). Muniz, who is about to ship out for a year of combat training and deployment, celebrates with his brother Gabriel (in purple shirt), wife Erika, and sister Joana. Muniz said he joined the Marines to "explore the world."
At Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 5 Picnic Peninsula, Louis Morales (right), a DJ who lives near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, came at 10:30 a.m. to claim a spot, where he grilled burgers, corn, and chicken drumsticks. He says he came to grill in Brooklyn because "the view is the best here." He graciously shared his grill with Jessica Honeywell, from Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, who said of Louis, "He's a good neighbor" because he shared his much greater experience and skill as a grill master.
Sharing a grill: Geoffrey Peterson, grilling pesto chicken kebabs and sausage, has never met asparagus grillers Mike Sheftman, Andrea Scheer, or Amber Leary, all law students at the Brooklyn Law School.
Amina DeLeon, a Crown Heights, Brooklyn, resident who used to work at the now-shuttered Long Island College Hospital not far from Brooklyn Bridge Park, grills turkey burgers and chicken for a celebration of children's graduations in June, including those of her daughter, niece, and godson.
Muhammad Khatana and his family, immigrants from Lala Musa, Pakistan, break the Ramadan fast with chicken tikka and tandoori chicken in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The last day of Ramadan was the day before.