Both these signs are still posted on the same block of St. Nicholas Ave., which cuts diagonally through southern Harlem. It's easy to understand the attraction for outdoor grillers: The broad sidewalk on the west side of the avenue gets good shade throughout the afternoon. And at one time an awning, probably meant to shelter a stoopline stand but now gone like the market that raised it, would also have provided protection from pop-up showers on days when the business was closed.
There's no blanket prohibition, however, against every kind of summer fun. How about ball playing?
St. Nicholas Ave. between West 114th and West 115th Sts., Manhattan