2006_06_ask_grill.jpg"I'm thinking of grilling this weekend somewhere in the city. can you give me some locations where i can grill?"

With the weather looking to be just about perfect this long holiday weekend, there is no better time to bust out the apron, grill, and tongs and barbeque some meat and/or veggies here in the city. If you are not one of the lucky ones that has a backyard, it might be tempting to just put a Hibachi on your fire escape. However, the New York City fire department says that is a big no-no.

Instead, you can head to the city parks to barbeque, keeping in mind that it is only allowed in designated areas and if your party is more than 20 people, you will need a permit. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation gives a list of where you can barbeque throughout the city. The parks have grills in the designated areas, but are first come first serve, and you can also bring your own grill. With a holiday weekend, it is probably best to show up early. There is also a barbeque area, with 6-8 barbeque pits, at Canarsie Pier.

If you are looking to get farther out of the 5 boroughs, but still be within reach of public transportation, the Palisades are a great option as well, just on the other side of the George Washington Bridge. The park offers extensive hiking trails and four designated barbeque areas - three close to the water, and a more secluded one in the woods. A warning though, if you plan on staying later in the evening (at the trailside site), bring some bug repellent. We brought home more than just memories of great barbeque - we were itchy for days.