Wondering where the smell of grilled meat is coming from? You should probably point your snout to Madison Square Park. This weekend is the 7th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party (so popular that their website is even down, but here's a pdf map). You can get your fill of food — whole hog, brisket, pork shoulder, ribs and sausages — for $8 a plate from 15 different pitmasters until 7pm tonight. Proceeds from the weekend benefit the Madison Square Park Conservancy.
If you're planning on heading over for the BBQ, be sure to get there early. The lines are slightly shorter earlier on and some pitmasters may run out of food. And if you don't like BBQ, there's always Shake Shack. But you should know that the lines yesterday were still long, despite the availability of barbecue.