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October 25, 2010

Freddy’s returns — but it’ll be miles from the Barclays Center

The Brooklyn Paper
by Stephen Brown

More coverage of the news that Freddy's Bar & Backroom, the symbolic Ground Zero of the fight against Atlantic Yards its eminent domain abuse, has found a new home.

Meet the new Freddy’s — not exactly the same as the old Freddy’s.

One of Brooklyn’s most-beloved bars — and the former hub of opposition to the Atlantic Yards project that was torn down because it stood on the site of the future Barclays Center — will re-open on Fifth Avenue between 17th and 18th streets, far from the beer-drinking hordes that will someday attend basketball games at the arena.

The Prohibition-era bar’s previous location at Dean Street and Sixth Avenue has now been demolished by developer Bruce Ratner, whose Barclays Center is supposed to open in late 2012.

Now, if all goes as planned, the bar will reopen with the familiar dive-bar trappings of Freddy’s, including the “chains of justice.”


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Brownstoner, The Return of Freddy's!

On Thursday, they signed a lease for the former Ellis Bar and Restaurant space at 627 5th Avenue between 17th Street and 18th Street. The opening date for Freddy's has not yet been set: "The opening of the doors is contingent on the speed and accuracy of both the State Liquor Authority and the Department of Buildings, as well as the embrace of Community Board 7."

Found in Brooklyn, It's Official. Freddy's Bar & Backroom Is Rising Again!

As Donald O'Finn said before the closing of the old Freddy's, "Freddy's is not an address, it is an idea." And it was my impression on Saturday that the new Freddy's has every intention in continuing to present that idea with free live music and events every night of the week in the same uniquely open and collective manner as the old Freddy's.

Posted by eric at October 25, 2010 9:57 AM