Out for a late lunch on Saturday, Joseph Bretner wanted something to “break up the monotony” of his usual foods.
So the doorman for a building on East 23rd Street strolled around the corner and into the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party where, with his grey uniform and measured gait, he stood out amongst the mad throng of people shuffling slowly up the queues on Madison Avenue.
The crowds were testament to not only the barbecues’ quality and variety, but also their affordability. A plate of barbecue and coleslaw, pickles, or a vegetable of some sort cost eight dollars, a cup of beer six, the fried pie and other desserts four. And, further distinguishing itself from the Great Googa Mooga festival, where a thimble of beer cost seven dollars, the block party invited barbecue teams from across the nation—Texas, Alabama, Missouri and more. Read More