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It seems the Big Apple BBQ is under some scrutiny again, and a public hearing is scheduled for Thursday April 5th (6pm) to discuss Union Square Hospitality Group’s application for the event.

The extremely popular Big Apple BBQ takes place each year in Madison Square Park, bringing approximately 20 of the best pitmasters in the United States to set up food stands and serve up different styles of barbeque ribs, chicken, pork, beef and more for about $8 a plate.

The Community Board 5 Parks committee voted to ban the event in 2011 allegedly because they feel it is too similar to other street fairs and blocks pedestrian traffic. What is unclear is whether this opinion just reflects their own feelings about the event or reflects the feeling of the neighboring community as well.

Do you feel they should ban the event? We have a VOTE just started on

Feel free to attend the meeting to voice your opinion (Thursday at 6pm at the SGI-USA NY Culture Center, 7 East 15th St.) or send in your comments to

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