What are those black podlike creatures on some of the balconies of this Brooklyn apartment building nosing up to the BQE? Weber charcoal grills of course. Flagrantly (and fragrantly) illegal. Here's the NYC regulation:
Barbecues on Residential Property.
Barbecues on residential property shall not be operated within ten (10) feet of any combustible material and there shall be available for use a garden type hose attached to a water supply or at least a sixteen (16) quart pail of water.
So get those grills off the balcony and out to a legal BBQ'ing site. And if you need a surefire (pun intended) method for starting your coals without lighter fluid, let me know.