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.
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.