Posted by gary on June 02, 2000 at 15:21:11:
In Reply to: Re: BBQing in NYC: NO posted by Anna on June 01, 2000 at 19:30:07:
: : I live in an apartment in a 12-apartment building with balcony in Queens,NY, and my landlord says BBQing in a balcony is totally OK, but my friend says it's illegal in any apartments in NYC. Which one is right? Or does it depend on the apartment building that has its landlord's permission?
: Usually: illegal. No BBQ within 10 feet of anything combustible, including roof surfaces. Grills on fire escapes are forbidden because they impede access; you can't put one on the roof because the roofing material can catch fire; and you can only use your terrace provided you fall within the 10-foot rule. In addition, you need a water supply on hand, which the Fire Department defines as either a working garden hose or 16 quarts of water. The Fire Department does respond to all complaints about grills and will order you to stop grilling.
: And then there's the carbon monoxide from the BBQ flooding your apartment and your neighbors'...
Yes, that is all true. I think this falls into the category of, yes, it is illegal, but everybody does it. If this person takes common sense precautions, and it is OK with the landlord, I dont see the problem.
Something like this wouldn't be done on, say, Park Avenue. But this is Queens.
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