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January 17, 2011

Freddy's Bar to Reopen February 4th

by John Del Signore

Freddy's, the sequel, opens on February 4th.

The beloved old Prospect Heights dive Freddy's Bar & Backroom, a Prohibition-era bar that became an unofficial headquarters for the anti-Atlantic Yards protests, has announced that it will reopen on February 4th at its Brooklyn new location on 5th Avenue between 17th and 18th Streets. A few of Freddy’s former employees have taken the reins, and they declare that although it's not the old Freddy's, many items "did make the long journey from demolition to re-birth, including the original prohibition era red mahogany bar, the old booths and tables, and a few special items as well." They also tell us the bar is environmentally friendly:

The entire bar has been created almost exclusively out of re-cycled, found or hand made objects, with next to nothing being purchased “New,” Thus we are “Green.” We have been built by the community, thus we are for the community... The “Chains of Justice” will still grace our bar as a reminder of our fight against eminent domain abuse and the power of the community bond.

The decor is unique and vibrant, a mixture of old and new, antique Hollywood Regency chandeliers, steam punk accents, vintage wallpaper as well as handmade erotic wall-paper and permanent art installations from local art stars like Nancy Drew and Steve Pauley. The stamp of co-owner/artist Donald O'Finn is evident almost everywhere you look, from the fish tank sunk into a wall with giant albino frogs to the barn wood wall constructions and oversized gothic frame mounted to a flatscreen TV.


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The new spot, which was formerly home to Ellis Bar, will most likely have a completely different look and feel from the original, which was inimitable. Donald O'Finn, the bar's longtime manager, is now an owner, though, so the vibe and general atmosphere should at least be familiar to regulars, who will now have to trek to the other end of the neighborhood to visit. They're also planning on keeping with tradition by hosting live music.

The Brooklyn Paper, Freddy’s, killed by Atlantic Yards, rises from the dead

It’s a bittersweet reopening for us, of course — Freddy’s original location inside the Atlantic Yards footprint dated back to Prohibition (and looked like it, too!). The project’s construction meant the demise of a great bar.

Eater NY, Freddy's to Reopen on Feb. 4 Complete with Chains of Justice

On February 4, the new Freddy's will open on 627 5th Ave. over by 17th Street in the nether regions of Park Slope next to the highway.

Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn, Freddy’s Bar to Re-Open on Feb 4th in South Slope

Who says there isn’t life after eminent domain?

As part of the opening festivities, Les Sans Culottes will go on at midnight, with opening acts of Brute Force and The Magpie kicking things off. An exhibition of glitter and flock paintings by artist Nancy Drew will be on display.

Posted by eric at January 17, 2011 9:35 PM