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October 28, 2010

Freddy's Bar finds new home in Park Slope after getting the boot from Brooklyn Atlantic Yards arena

NY Daily News
by Erin Durkin

New Freddy's Bar co-owners (from l.) Matt Kuhn, Donald O'Finn and Matt Kimmett (Photo: Robert Mecea/Daily News)

Months after falling to the Atlantic Yards wrecking ball, Freddy's Bar has found a new home in South Slope.

The longtime Prospect Heights watering hole, which got the boot last spring to make way for developer Bruce Ratner's new Nets arena, is set to open in a new spot on Fifth Ave.

Owner Donald O'Finn signed a lease last week and was moving in supplies in hopes of re-creating the saloon that had run since Prohibition in the now-demolished Dean St. building.

"Everything from Freddy's went into storage," he said. "We have all the booths. We have the bar stools."

And they have the chains that were installed on the bar to prepare for a standoff that ultimately never happened.

The bar, along with other home and business owners on the project site, fought all the way to the state's highest court to stop eminent domain - and lost. Patrons vowed to chain themselves to the bar to stop eviction, but ended up going peacefully.

"The chains are definitely going to be displayed here," O'Finn said. "To me they're a metaphor for community."

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Posted by eric at October 28, 2010 8:40 AM