Empty ‘Nest’ no more! Beloved dive bar reopens on Bedford Avenue

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Williamsburg’s beloved Bedford Avenue dive bar, Turkey’s Nest, reopened last week with a clean bill of health after inspectors closed shut it down on Halloween.

“We passed our inspection!” said Nest co-owner Dee Ehresman. “Come on over!”

The 100-year-old watering hole, known for inexpensive beers and margaritas strong enough to turn boys into men, failed an inspection after mice droppings and poorly installed plumbing were allegedly found.

The Department of Health issued a $2,000 fine and closed the bar, forcing it to lose thousands of dollars more during the New York City Marathon, typically one of its busiest days of the year.

But the bar’s crack staff worked around the clock for the next nine days to remove pipes and wiring, caulk the walls, give the floors an aggressive wipe-down, and take out coin-operated machines that attracted the alleged mice.

It’s not exactly spotless — but neighborhood drinkers are relieved to have their old joint back.

“I tried to go here four times over the past week — it was shuttered,” said Williamsburg resident Drew Milliard, one of the first people to get a drink when the Nest reopened last Wednesday.

With the margarita machine still out, the crowd mostly stuck with 32-ounce Styrofoam cups of Budweiser — which cost only $4.

But it isn’t just the cheap drinks that attract neighborhood regulars who say the bar is “like family.”

“One time, I saw one guy puke in the bathroom, he came out with his pants down to his ankles — and then he said, ‘Where’s my next drink?’ ” said Nest patron Roger Tenfour.

Even neighborhood celebrities, including Councilman Steve Levin (D–Williamsbu­rg) and Brooklyn Kickball League Commissioner Kevin Dailey visited the bar during its grand reopening.

“This place is a cornerstone of the neighborhood and it should remain open as long as Brooklyn itself,” said Dailey. “People took it for granted, but hopefully they won’t anymore, and now they’ll be thankful for it.”

Turkey’s Nest [94 Bedford Ave. at N. 12th Street in Williamsburg, (718) 384-9774].

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Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I am simply amazed that this should be found newsworthy by both this article's journalist and this paper while both are conspicuously avoiding covering one of the most significant developments to come out of the Southside of Williamsburg. Need I mention details, or will Brooklyn Paper do the right thing? I'm just amazed by the double and triple standardization that goes on in this paper about what merits "newsworthiness" or "journalism."
Nov. 14, 2011, 1:26 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
And what, pray tell, could be the basis for such double-standardization? Will I be accused of playing a 'race card' if I point out the differences between the parties that patronize Turkey's Nest et al and the parties that inhabit the Southside?
Nov. 14, 2011, 1:27 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Who wants to gamble that as the racial implications of this are teased out, that Kuntzman will make another gracious descent from editorial to harrow the hell of these public threads to deny, with all evidence to the contrary, that racism is absent in Brooklyn Paper, that all friends are blacks, and that Brooklyn Paper can't be a force for gentrification since it happily reviews restaurants in the Southside?
Nov. 14, 2011, 1:30 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Here is a passage from another article in this issue about new and important development at the Brooklyn Navy Yard ["Dead space to green space — Navy Yard may turn burial ground into park" by Kate Briquelet]: "The Greenway Initiative — which is currently plotting its bike path from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge — said the $2-million [public sanctuary] could be built in 2013, if the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation can secure funding."

Isn't that interesting? The $2 million required in funding has not yet been secured. Yet, Brooklyn Paper reports on it.

In "Hot stuff! Markowitz and Levin announce big cash for Northside Center" by this very same journalist on September 27th of this year, political forces have claimed to raise but clearly have not secured the half of the $2 million speculated to be required to open the Northside Center replacing Engine 212. So, what we have here is approximately $1 million in as yet unsecured funds, through grants [I will return to this point about grants] and through nebulous political allocations [the guarantee on that as nebulous as the allocations], and yet, Brooklyn Paper found that with all this uncertainty in funding for both this Northside Center and a public sanctuary in the Brooklyn Navy Yard that both items were newsworthy.

That's interesting, since one of the many nebulous arguments that has been supplied to me through personal communications from the Paper is that certain developments in the Southside did not merit coverage in Brooklyn Paper because the funds underlying those developments were either not finalized or not secure.

I mean, certainly a community development that brings in grant funding of close to $3 million towards longitudinal socialization of intellect and culture of certain marginalized groups [marginalized by gentrification] surely merits coverage over the temporary closing and reinstatement of a local dive, right? Surely, that $3 million in unsecured funding in one development certainly trumps $1 million in unsecured funding in another development, right? [even though the latter is covered in Brooklyn Paper, while the former is conspicuously not].

I'm not sure I understand what Brooklyn Paper considers newsworthy. How many condominium and large scale real estate developments have found coverage here without secured funding? How many such developments have found coverage here that wind up "stalled"? I mean, was it not Brooklyn Paper that covered this article by this same journalist only 7 days ago, on a development that was sheer phantom and vanity, and supposedly has no possibility of realization whatsoever: "Faulty tower! Critics don’t like the look of this modern hotel" So you're telling us that the imaginary narcissism of a hotel developer and his architect merits coverage in Brooklyn Paper, an imagination with zero possibility of funding, while this Southside development I'm being coy about [but only for briefly] doesn't merit coverage "because underlying funds are insecure"?

I wonder if Brooklyn Paper will advise us as to what it's specific and broad policy on journalism is.
Nov. 14, 2011, 2 am
anaabdul from cobble hill says:
Yeay! Another headline glorifying alcohol abuse! Go, Brooklyn Paper!
Nov. 14, 2011, 7:43 am
Jason from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Looks like the margarita machine is working at Dennis's house.
Nov. 14, 2011, 7:51 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Well said, Jason.
Nov. 14, 2011, 8:26 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Really? I must be drinking? That is your argument, Jason? That's what draws cheers out of Williamsburg these days? Oh, how clever. How well said. Thank you, gentrification, for the powerhouse thinking you've brought into my neighborhood.
Nov. 14, 2011, 9:58 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Of course I seem drunk--intelligence is like a narcotic to the stupid.
Nov. 14, 2011, 9:59 am
Jason from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Cool story, bro!
Nov. 14, 2011, 11:37 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Here I am thinking that journalists follow a creed, don't make the Story don't b! the Story. Old, and still naive.
Nov. 14, 2011, 12:50 pm
Jason from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Nov. 14, 2011, 3:38 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Your argument is improving.
Nov. 14, 2011, 3:45 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
"Even neighborhood celebrities, including Brooklyn Kickball League Commissioner Kevin Dailey visited the bar during its grand reopening." heh heh
Nov. 14, 2011, 4:58 pm
Jason from Downtown Brooklyn says:
I've got to hop on the G Train and check this place out. That is, if there is any booze left after Dennis's bender comes to an end. I'll have what he's having.
Nov. 14, 2011, 5:52 pm
Skelltell from Fort Greene says:
Woohoo. Everyone knows Williamsburg is a crapshoot with a bunch of drug addicts and alcoholics.
Nov. 14, 2011, 6:23 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I'm having a bottle of Jackass from Downtown Brooklyn--it's simultaneously bitter and fruity.
Nov. 14, 2011, 7:34 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Skelltell, don't be unfair. I'm from Williamsburg and I'm neither drug addict or alcoholic.
Nov. 14, 2011, 8:40 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Nov. 14, 2011, 8:40 pm
Jason from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Bitter and fruity? Sounds like a Negroni. Fancy booze for the non-gentry type. Will the folks at the Turkey's Nest put Campari in a foam cup? I figured you a Four Loco type.
Nov. 14, 2011, 11:28 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I figured you an Absolut Moron type. Two to three fingers on a crack rock.
Nov. 14, 2011, 11:35 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
And if you're suggesting I'm "gentry"--ha! I'm Southside born and raised. So please--stick to listing drinks since this is about as much you can handle.
Nov. 14, 2011, 11:53 pm
Jason from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Shouldn't you be moving east already?
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:07 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Oh, you've run out of "Clever Turns with Drinks"? Trying a new sitcom--"Mis/Directions From Stupid Boy"?
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:09 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
What's funny is that you strike me as being entirely familiar with another Jason I'm familiar with in downtown Brooklyn--a servile accommodationist who ingratiates himself to gentrifiers, un payaso who only barely entertains the courts he dreams of penetrating.
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:12 am
Skelltell from FG says:
I said a bunch Dennis. You are not included in that bunch ;)
Nov. 15, 2011, 11:19 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Fair enough. But I hope that you get to know more people in Williamsburg who are neither alcoholics nor drug addicts. They're friendly and good people, you know. ;)
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:51 pm

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