Slopers fight Barclays bar war on second front

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Park Slope residents are rallying against another new sports bar that will open next to the Barclays Center.

A fiery group of neighbors stormed a Community Board 6 meeting on Monday night to rage against the proposed “Players Gastropub and Sports Bar,” which seeks to serve alcohol until 4 am across the street from the rising arena on Pacific Street at Flatbush Avenue.

It would be the closest drinking establishment to a venue that is expected to draw 19,000 sports fans per night.

“I don’t want fans coming out and pissing on our neighborho­od,” said Jon Crow, a longtime advocate of nightlife limits in Park Slope. “People looking to drink until three or four in the morning are already three sheets to the wind.”

Residents of the once-hardscabble, “Fortress of Solitude”-esque block said they don’t want to go back to the bad old days.

“We’ve fought long and hard to bring stability to the block,” said Syble Henderson, of the East Pacific Street Block Association. “We don’t want a business that’s potentially disruptive.”

But owners Scott Alling and Michael Pappalardo — who also attended the CB6 meeting — said their establishment would serve pizza, boast a celebrity chef and cater to Brooklyn Nets fans and the neighborhood’s “indie rock scene.”

“We’re not trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes,” Pappalardo told us. “We are not a club — but we do need stay open late to survive.”

That’s just what some residents are worried about. One woman even passed around newspaper clips detailing crimes that have allegedly occurred inside sports bars across the country.

The owners — who run Social Eatz on E. 53rd Street in West Brooklyn — added that the venue will welcome “an all-ages crowd.”

Pappalardo predicted an opening late this year in the building that now houses American Mattress & Furniture Warehouse.

The battle over the new bar comes just weeks after a heated debate over Prime 6, one of several recent proxy battles in the lost war over the Atlantic Yards mega-project.

Prime 6 initially planned to cater to the arena crowd, have live music and offer a late-night outdoor patio bar — but then agreed to a compromise with neighbors, including an 11 pm outdoor curfew.

Pappalardo said he has no such patio plans, and vowed to “work out a set of stipulations” with the community before making a final presentation to the board next month.

Hours of operation will likely be the most contentious issue.

“From a business perspective, we know the neighborhood [clientele] is the most important,” Pappalardo promised. “We’re gonna work it out.”

The liquor license application will be discussed during a Community Board 6 committee meeting in May that has not yet been scheduled.

Updated 5:24 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

VLM from Park Slope says:
As has been said before in these comments, when the arena opens and brings traffic and noise and swarms of people to the area, two bars on Flatbush Ave. are going to be the least of these residents' concerns.
April 27, 2011, 1:24 am
Bob from P Slope says:
whenever anyone wants to get upset with residents trying to keep their neighborhood residential, take your blame to Bloomberg/Pataki/Gargano/Spitzer/Paterson/Quinn etc, they are the ones who overrode city zoning laws to allow an arena in a residential neighborhood, all so their good buddy Bruce Ratner could gain control of 22 prime acres.

there are reasons for zoning laws, and when they are subverted don't be surprised that things go haywire.
April 27, 2011, 9:09 am
Charle from Fort Greene says:
What/where the hell is West Brooklyn?
April 27, 2011, 10:23 am
Natalie O'Neill from Park Slope says:
Hey Charle,

"West Brooklyn" is what The Brooklyn Paper calls Manhattan. Bad joke complaints should be sent to crackerjack editor Gersh Kuntzman, who likes to make fun of that fancy borough.

Thanks for reading,
April 27, 2011, 12:02 pm
The Worst from Park Slope says:
Why can't this developer spend their money to open a kids restaurant with crayons, organic chicken fingers and splendatinis for their moms? Maybe open at 6 am for kids' breakfast and close at 6 because that is bedtime?

Enough is enough with these people opening bars and restaurants that don't cater to my organic kid-friendly lifestyle. We don't want this drinking and hipping and hopping snoop terry dog lifestyle in this area; it is a family area.

I am from Park Slope, and I am The Worst.
April 27, 2011, 1:34 pm
Eric from Clinton Hill says:
These new bars and pubs are going to be fantastic...the only complaints come from area bar owners scared to lose business or locals too afraid to have the crowds cleaning up their area...check out the crime blotter, that are is by far the worst and the uptick in police, well lit bars and resturants and lots and lots of people paying money to watch a basketball game will only clean the area up...take a look at the area around Yankee Stadium for f's sake...barely any crime there at around games.
April 27, 2011, 2 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Eric, if you measure 200 feet from Yankee Stadium, you will see that the are within that is not residential. Neither is the area by Citifield or even MSG in that range. Also, since you seem to like this idea, my guess is that you are not in that area. Please measure 200 feet from where the arean is and tell me again if that's not residential.
April 27, 2011, 6:32 pm
trans alt from bike nation says:
Yet another place for a bunch of lowlife hooligans to get drunk before they destroy our beautiful neighborhood. It will get even worse when a hockey team moves in. Then it will be 100 nights a year of neanderthal sports fans wrecking everything they come across.
April 27, 2011, 6:45 pm
JudahSpechal from Bed-stuy says:
Park Slope, Park Slope???????
April 27, 2011, 7:07 pm
jj from brooklyn says:
Park Slopers had a chance to stop Atlantic Yards — but instead they sat on their asses and hid their heads in Co-op produce. They failed to demand action by their community board and elected officials. Now to those Slopers we say, tough —— Sherlocks.
April 27, 2011, 9:35 pm
JudahSpechal from Bed Stuy says:
I'm soooo black!
April 28, 2011, 6:04 am
Were there any arrests? from Park Slope says:
You did not note whether the fire department was needed to douse the "fiery" group or if the Police Department showed great restraint and avoided injuries or if they knocked heads when this local group "stormed" the 78th Precinct Station where the meeting was held. Did their 'rage" come under control or did it spread like a wild fire? Inquiring minds want to know?
April 28, 2011, 8:34 am
Eric from Clinton Hill says:
Actually, all around Yankee Stadium there are apartments...what a joke response...get over it, the center will do wonders for the entire neighborhood and bring massive jobs and security in...there's plenty of bars and pubs in Park Slope for the "hooligans" to populate as is so I doubt current behavior will change that much, aside from a little extra glitter and local pride a big franchise team will bring. Atlantic Center is a crime haven, the area around it is muggers paradise and historically stadiums will do wonders to clean up the acts of all around with added police, cameras, jobs, ect. I can't wait to walk there for games in 2012.
April 28, 2011, 10:27 am
Dave from Park Slope says:
Eric, I couldn't be on your side any more. The area will bring so much security in, and they will be putting cameras up on the streets all around once this stadium gets done. Especially around game times, the 78th Precinct will be under fire. These NIMBYS won't be complaining once they sell their properties for double 5-10 years from now.
April 28, 2011, 12:50 pm
Dave from Park Slope says:
May I forgot to mention, all you will be getting is a new complete selection of upscale sports bars and restaurants once the stadium is open, Prime 6 and Players are just the start of it on Flatbush Avenue. If you want your organic kid friendly lifestyle, you can stick to the other (main) parts of Park Slope.
April 28, 2011, 12:54 pm
Tal Bazilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
The point of the opposition to the bars isn't they don't want bars, they just don't want them in an area that is predominately residential. There used to be zonning laws that made sure that such a thing wouldn't happen. However, many of those have been overriden to allow for bars to be just about anywhere they please. Some just want to get a good nights sleep without having to worry about loud noises at night. Maybe if some of these bars found a way to contain their noises, there wouldn't be much opposition. Also, I don't want to hear anyone responding that I am racist for opposing the bars when race had nothing to do with it.
May 1, 2011, 2:14 pm
JD123 from Prospect Heights says:
I completely agree with you, Eric. I am so happy to live 3 blocks away from the AY project. We're already seeing home prices increase and more police patrols. This project and all of the supporting new establishments are only going to help improve security further.
July 22, 2012, 1:30 pm

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