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Another Sports Bar Showdown Near Barclays

On Monday locals bashed a bar on Pacific Street that would cater to crowds bound for Brooklyn Nets games.

Prime 6 was only the tip of the iceberg.

Hot off the heels of a fight over one sports bar near the Barclays Center, a new showdown is brewing between locals and the owner of a second bar that will cater to sports fans going to Brooklyn Nets games.

The owners of a Manhattan restaurant want to open Player’s Gastro Pub and Sportsbar on Pacific Street at Flatbush Avenue, which would seat 150 people and be open until 4 a.m. every night.

But on Monday residents at a meeting of Community Board 6 scoffed at the notion of the sports bar on their block.

“To have five or six bars in one area, you get to a tipping point and suddenly you have Bourbon Street in Brooklyn,” said Harry Lipman, a lawyer who was instrumental in the previous sports bar battle in Park Slope. “You have people coming out of a game at 10 p.m. or so — they already had a couple of beers, then they get more drunk, then they’re fumbling for car keys — it’s potentially loud and boisterous.”

But a lawyer for the owners of Player’s Gastro Pub, Terry Flynn Jr., sought to minimize the impact of the new business.

“The arena is part of the whole rebirth of the area. We want to be part of that and serve the community, as well as those who come into the community,” said Flynn. “It’s an appropriate use of the space.”

Many residents at the meeting, though, countered that they’d devoted years to making the neighborhood safe.

“We have fought long and hard to bring stability to that block,” said Syble Henderson. “We do not need a bar on Pacific Street, we do not want a bar on Pacific Street.”

One attendee even passed around information drawing a link between an increase in crime and sports bars.

The new fight echoes the dispute over Prime 6, a bar set to open at Flatbush and Sixth avenues in May. After an outcry over possible noise coming from the bar — particularly its outdoor area — the owner agreed to an assortment of demands that seems to have mollified neighbors. 

But with the another sports bar applying for liquor licenses only mere weeks after the last battle was resolved, a vision of Park Slope, Prospect Heights and Fort Greene overwhelmed by boozed-up sports fans is coming into focus.

“It comes down to saturation,” said Lipman. “We really need a legislative solution, or a policy solution on the part of State Liquor Authority, or there will be neighborhoods that are ruined.”

Gwen Ruelle contributed reporting.

Denis Hurley April 26, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Actually ON Pacific? Or on Flatbush, near Pacific. I lived on Pacific between Flatbush and 4th Ave for three years... I can't imagine what space on Pacific could accommodate this.
Kristen V. Brown April 26, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Thanks for your comment Denis. It's the old furniture warehouse space right on the corner of Pacific and Flatbush.
Mike Lanseer April 26, 2011 at 08:05 PM
So let me get this straight. A few vocal people in the hood want to stop a legitimate business from occupying a commercial space on a busy commercial street, across from a new arena. Wouldn't his new business employ people who want to earn a living? Wouldn't the business and the workers pay federal, state and city taxes? Wouldn't the customers be paying sale taxes? What is wrong with these people who want to stop everything that bothers them? They move into a commercial neighborhood and don't want commercial activities. Look around you. This area is being transformed. Not too long ago it was full of crime, prostitution, and street drug trade. If you want to control what goes on there, you should buy the property. If you really want peace and quiet, you could start a Zen Center and spend your evenings contemplating the sound of one hand clapping. Yes, you have your right to peace and quiet, but let the laws on the books be the guide and not rush to try and stop honest people from making an honest living. And don't get me started about these politicians you rush to sponsor bills to gain some votes for themselves. After all, the owners and workers may come from the hood and vote as well.
Steve Ettlinger April 26, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Actually, Mike, there is a yoga center on the corner more or less next to the Prime 6 location. And it is a good employer of locals, too. We may not need another yoga or zen center, but this is a residential area with small restaurants that was saddled with an arena that could only happen if the existing zoning laws were overridden and ignored. Thus you have continuing conflict. If the development of the area where Ratner and crew were given land was allowed to develop organically, we'd also have jobs and a whole lot less tension. FYI, it was developing nicely before the ESDC put a stop to it by demolition. Those condos were going for close to a million dollars each!
Jorge April 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM
My impression was that this place would be from the same people as Social Eatz in Midtown.....which would make it a project by Angelo Sosa of Top Chef fame. My only issue with Prime 6 was whether the product would be any good. I'll take anything by Angelo Sosa in this neighborhood.
Paul Zimmerman April 26, 2011 at 10:00 PM
"Honest people making honest livings?" You are joking, right? What one stage of the process of this arena being foisted on this neighborhood was remotely honest? As to "crime, prostitution, and drug trade"...all that was in serious decline in this area long before Ratner even bought the Nets. But now that there will be hundreds (in not thousands) of drunken men pouring out of closely packed bars at 2:00 in the morning, I'm sure that crime, prostitution and drug trade will disappear completely. No sir, how could crime, prostitution and drug trade possible flourish in an environment like that?
Jason April 27, 2011 at 04:08 PM
I also live on that block and noticed another place opening up called "Machavelle" just a few doors west of the furniture warehouse -- if I'm remembering the sign i read correctly.
Jason April 27, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Inside look at Machavelle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJDHPpx_tck
Janice April 28, 2011 at 02:42 PM
I'm just curious as to why, with a sports arena right there, you would need a sports bar to watch the game?
James April 29, 2011 at 03:09 PM
These Park Slope people never cease to amaze me with their self righteous, excluding ways. I live just off fifth & Union in Park Slope and we have about 6 bars within a stones throw from my apartment. One of them is even a large, rowdy sports bar. They are all open till 4am on the weekends and yet I have never had any more noise or trouble than I have living away from those kind of "trouble causing" establishments. And even though I've looked, I've never seen any prostitutes either! I think you all need to get a life and stop fighting progress because there's no way that you're ever gonna win. Prime 6 may have caved for now, but just wait until they have 5 or 6 other bar owners fighting the same fight with better lawyers. I'm confident that these stay at home Dad's and Mommy Nazis in Park Slope won't stand a chance. In the end, if you don't like it, move! I know I speak for a lot of people when I say, I wish you would! And you can take your Yoga Studios and your strollers with you too!
Mike H April 30, 2011 at 01:38 AM
That area is going to become an uglier version of Wrigleyville in Chicago. There will be a lot of drunk fans peeing in the street come tip-off. Families will move out and down to PLG.
Gary Dennis May 01, 2011 at 04:06 AM
The area was not all that commercial as someone above states. There is validity to part of what he is saying about tax revenue being generated. The costs have to be weighed however. To take a desirable neighborhood in which to live and then abuse eminent domain laws to shove an arena down the throats of the residents has the real potential for lowering property values, possibly creating a new neighborhood that no one finds desirable. What has to be asked is do we want our tax base, our commercial real estate tax base anyway, to be based on "Gentlemen Clubs" and Sports Bars?
Ray Mathias May 24, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Wrigleyville is awesome. So you mean "an awesomer version of Wrigleyville."
Jae January 04, 2012 at 02:22 AM
For those making a comparison between their rent/mortgage paying neighbors who frequent the local bar and the throngs of hyped up sports fans pouring out of the arena after games, you may just be delusional. That is a classic case of comparing apples to oranges! And for those of you who hate us so much, I say...you move. There is a neighborhood of like-minded individuals for everyone, and clearly, Park Slope may not be for you! Find one that is and be as happy as we are! There is progress and then there is clearly the slow deterioration of a neighborhood by the admittance of establishments such as Prime 6. And yes, you are probably right, it is probably a losing battle as we live in a country that is largely concerned about the mighty dollar instead of the quality of life of its citizens. Is it so hard to see the validity in what those of us who love our neighborhood the way it is are saying? If it is, then all you need to do is look at history and you will see what can happen and does happen to communities once these kinds of businesses are allowed to come in. Of course, the owners of these businesses don’t live in these areas and are not invested in preserving it. They see dollars signs and have very little regard for what is left once they hop back into their cars, personal driver at the wheel, and return to their fine neighborhoods no doubt protected by their very own “Mommy Nazis” and the like who are very committed to keeping THEIR hood safe and sound.

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