July 7, 2010 / Brooklyn news / Park Slope / Meadows of Shame

‘Heatwave’ is on! But park says party will be legal and clean this time.

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The Heatwave is back — not the weather, but the notorious illegal party that left Prospect Park looking like a garbage dump last summer.

The yearly bash orchestrated by the Bergen Street-based event promoters, MIH Ventures, is back for another round of revelry on July 18, though this time Prospect Park officials expect it to be fully permitted.

When the unauthorized barbecue went down last year, thousands of partiers left the Long Meadow near Grand Army Plaza covered in garbage. Parkgoers were disgusted, and park administrators were caught by surprise because MIH Ventures had neither sought, nor obtained, permission for an event that drew thousands of partiers who learned about it via Twitter and Facebook.

This year, MIH has filed the proper paperwork, and a spokesman for Prospect Park said the group will be expected to leave the meadow in good condition.

“MIH applied for a permit … and has agreed to all the instructions and requirements — none the least of which is making provisions for keeping the area clean,” said Eugene Patron, a Prospect Park spokesman, adding, “This isn’t unusual — it’s the same requirements for everyone.”

But given last year’s debacle, many Park Slopers are worried that this party will get started whether there’s a permit or not, thanks to endless hip-hop hype.

“This is ALWAYS a major staple of the summer for the last TEN (!) years strong and this one is building up to be the BIGGEST one yet to celebrate a decade!” touted one blog late last month. With that ball already rolling, can this party be stopped if there’s no permit?

“If MIH doesn’t obtain a permit, how can they call off the event with any success? I don’t think they could as it is viral by now,” said George Reilly, a concerned parkgoer. “This continued evidence of recklessness and poor planning should be factored into the permit process, right?”

Patron said that MIH Ventures would review regulations with park officials, and that the permit would be granted only if there are no problems. He added that it is possible that a speaker system may not be allowed at the event.

But many locals remain concerned about another wave of trash — especially given that thousands of parkgoers left Prospect Park in dreadful condition after July 4, as seen in a shocking video on our Web site.

A repeat of last year’s Heatwave would be yet another blow to Prospect Park, which has already been struck by a wave of bizarre happenings — ranging from dumped chicken heads to a goose walking around with an arrow through its neck.

A call and e-mail to several MIH employees was not returned before The Brooklyn Paper’s sweltering hot online deadline. The company has never responded to queries.

MIH Ventures’ Heatwave 10.0 in Prospect Park (on the Long Meadow, enter at Grand Army Plaza or along Prospect Park West) on July 18. For info, visit

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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Moshe Aron Kestenbaum from Williamsburg ODA says:
What a gross waste of resources that should never have been if only people would clean up after themselfs .... this blatant waste of money considering the state is broke tears my heart. ...
July 7, 2010, 7:52 am
Winston Smith from Poop Slope says:
From the Blog you reference above

"Sunday July 18th
MIH's Annual "Heatwave BBQ" (10.0) once again in Prospect Park! Free food and drinks while supplies last. And plenty of good times to be had! This is ALWAYS a major staple of the Summer for the last TEN (!) yrs. strong and this one is building up to be the BIGGEST one yet to celebrate a decade!

Sunday July 18th
"Heatwave 10.0" -10th year
Prospect Park (enter at the Grand Army Plaza entrance)
July 7, 2010, 12:49 pm
Winston Smith from Poop Slope says:
So they are advertising " drinks.." I wonder what kind of free drinks they are serving.

and I am still wondering what they did to make up for last Summer's mess??
July 7, 2010, 12:51 pm
Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
We've asked for the proof that the MIH folks actually did a park cleanup last fall. Where is it? And how can this group get a park permit after what happened last year? Your reporting is a mile wide and an inch deep.
July 8, 2010, 6:38 am
richie rich from parkslope says:
i can't believe the admin at prospect park would allow a gathering of this magnitude. after what happen last year!
lets get the NYPD and park rangers involved this year.
July 8, 2010, 3:50 pm
Jon from Park Slope says:
Amazing. Would something like this ever be allowed in Central Park? Why does the Prospect Park Alliance hate their park so much?
July 10, 2010, 12:49 pm
Sheila from PLg says:
Who stole the geese? Has anybody noticed that they are missing from the park - conveniently before the Macy's fishing event.
July 12, 2010, 12:18 am
karen from blkyn black side says:
now that they move the barbeque to the black side of the park I wonder how many of your yt folks will complain.
July 12, 2010, 11:22 pm
George from Park Slope says:
@Sheila from PLg: According to the NY Post this morning, "More than 400 geese were rounded up in Prospect Park and executed as part of a drive to keep flocks away from La Guardia and JFK airports."

Read more:
July 13, 2010, 1:03 pm
juan from brooklyn says:
So what? Life is too short and a beautiful gift. BBQ and listen to music in every park of the city! If my comment makes you mad simply drink some water, turn off the tv and take several deep breaths of air. Don't worry and be happy!
July 13, 2010, 8:23 pm
Jef from Bath Beach says:
It is disgusting that peopl can just walk away from a place and leave all their garbage there.
On Shore Road bicycle path, 2 of the benches were covered with everything from KFC.....Hello??? Do people just have a feast then get up and walk they think we live in a self cleaning Earth......

I hate pigs.
July 16, 2010, 12:58 pm
james from bed stuy says:
when you have thousands of people in a park, TRASH is expected! If it was a Dave Matthews Band concert, no one would complain. I hate how this is becoming a huge issue. The event promoters have a clean up crew. Now can we move on?? & I agree, how many will complain now that the bbq is on the black side of the park???
July 19, 2010, 8:52 am

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