Freddy’s Bar, which closed last year to make room for the multibillion-dollar Atlantic Yards project, is reopening in its new location February 4. The new Freddy’s, at 627 Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, is already lining up acts, including Les Sans Culottes, Brute Force, and the Magpie. Owner Donald O’Finn announced that the “Chains of Justice,” used in protests against the new development and the invoking of eminent domain to force out residents and local businesses, would grace the bar as a reminder of the old bar and how it came to its end.
In a press release, he described the new bar’s decor, an amalgam of found and recycled objects, as a mix 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.” O’Finn’s own art, including his infamous video montages, will also be featured in the new bar.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 18, 2011