About Us

Great ‘Cue. Great Music. In The Heart Of It All.

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is a celebration of the craftsmanship of ‘cue, represented by the most talented pitmasters in the country. Each one brings their signature approach to the tradition of ‘cue to New Yorkers the second weekend in June in Madison Square Park.

The celebration features all the elements of real pit barbecue – from the heady smells of smoked meat and the rollicking sounds of the South, to an abundance of charm, handcrafted ingredients and spirits.

Featuring World-Famous Pitmasters

A pitmaster is a barbecue authority who cooks up mouthwatering ‘cue (AKA: a boss). At the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, you’ll have the opportunity to sample barbecue from the nation’s top, award-winning pitmasters hailing from ‘cue capitals like Texas, the Carolinas, Alabama, Tennessee and more.

About Madison Square Park Conservancy

Madison Square Park Conservancy is the beneficiary of Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Dedicated to keeping the historic Madison Square Park a bright, beautiful, and active public park, New York City’s Madison Square Park Conservancy offers the community and visitors a variety of cultural programming amid a lush, seven-acre setting right in the heart of one of the city’s most famous and iconic neighborhoods.

Madison Square Park Conservancy is the not-for-profit organization whose mission is to protect, nurture, and enhance this dynamic seven-acre public green space, creating an environment that fosters moments of inspiration.The Conservancy is committed to engaging the community through Madison Square Park’s beautiful gardens, inviting amenities, and world-class programming. We believe that in an urban setting everyone deserves access to a park that allows for recreation, respite, and reflection.

Madison Square Park Conservancy is licensed by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to manage Madison Square Park and is responsible for raising 98% of the funds necessary to operate the Park, including the brilliant horticulture, park maintenance, sanitation, security, and free cultural programs for Park visitors of all ages.