Driver smashes front window, door of Henry Public

Unhappy hour: Car crashes into front of Cobble Hill pub

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No drive-thru here.

A motorist crashed into the front of Henry Public at 3:30 pm, smashing the front window and knocking a door off its hinges. A worker at the Henry Street watering hole was thankful more people weren’t hurt.

“I can’t believe no one was on the sidewalk at the time,” said Martin McLoughlin, a manager at the bar and restaurant. “It could have been a lot worse.”

The restaurant was closed at the time of the crash but the driver was injured, McLoughlin said, and transported to Lutheran Medical Center, according to the Fire Department.

McLoughlin said the crash may have damaged the foundation of the building, which is between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street in Cobble Hill.

The pub did not reopen for dinner on Monday evening, but the owner is inspecting the destruction and trying to reopen today, McLoughlin said.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260–8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jimmy from Flatbush says:
Mr. Perlman -- I very much appreciate the fact that you seem to be taking great care to avoid using the word "accident" for incidents like these! And your use of active subject and verb ("A motorist crashed into...") is also appreciated. Agency and culpability intact! Words matter. Thanks!
Jan. 6, 2015, 11:17 am
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
Jimmy: In law (at least) there are few "accidents."
Jan. 7, 2015, 1 am
Mike from Park Slope says:
Here's hoping the driver does some time in jail for reckless endangerment.
Jan. 7, 2015, 9:04 am
Frankie Sputnick says:
But what about all the texting cyclists everybody? Won't somebody think of the children?
Jan. 7, 2015, 9:50 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
You cyclists want it both ways. You want to criticize drivers for causing destruction but you don't want to take repsonsibility when you crash into stores and inure people and shut down businesses. You can't have it both ways. Flout the law and suffer the consequences and don't cast stones until you clean up your act.
Jan. 7, 2015, 9:56 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
It's a good thing they could get transported to Lutheran Medical Center because if there were any closer hospital they would have.... oh, wait....

Second time this place has had it's hipsterized window broken. And any "pub" or "restaurant" which is still closed after 3pm, is crap.
Jan. 7, 2015, 10:11 am
TOM from Sunset Parc Lower says:
I remember the Three Jolly Pigeons on 3rd in Bay Ridge had a classic cut-glass entrance(it figured in a national anti-alcohol ad) until someone put their car through it.
Jan. 7, 2015, 12:56 pm
Brian from Park Slope says:
Response to Tal Barzilai:
Your comment is typical of some motorists, who have trouble perceiving the vast difference in the level of risk posed by an automobile versus a bike. Unlike motorists, bicyclists virtually never crash into stores and shut down businesses, and the rates of injury are vastly lower (with deaths directly caused by cyclists close to zero) - while deaths and severe injuries caused by motorists are so common as to be reflexively mislabeled "accidents". And then there's the harm caused by motorists' emissions...
March 31, 2017, 10:36 am

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