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Fighting the BABBQ

2011_03_babbq.jpgThe Madison Square Park Conservancy has long endorsed Union Square Hospitality group's annual mega-event The Big Apple BBQ, now in its ninth year. But some locals are sick and tired of the noise and the mess. Two committees of Community Board 5 voted last week to ban the festival from the park area, noting that five ethnic parades were banned from the area due to concerns of crowding. The vote has yet to pass before the full board and is, in the end, just advisory. [DNA Info]