Category Archives: Bars and Nightlife

A Final Cheers to Jackie’s 5th Amendment

jackie's 5th amendment photo

After a day of hunting for my first apartment in Park Slope, my friend and I were rewarding ourselves with pizza and discussing how realtors make up names for neighborhoods to differentiate a few blocks when the area picks up in popularity. While listing various labels, a man chimed in that, “Back in the day, this whole place was just South Brooklyn”. For those of us who did not grow up in the area, we feel almost personally responsible for changes that have come about as Manhattan moves east, and attempt to show our commiseration with the local crowd. For those of us who did grow up here, we cannot really help our resentment, and we certainly don’t apologize for it.

The closing of Jackie’s 5th Amendment is its own personification of the battle between what we now view as ‘old New York’ and ‘new New York’. Whatever those are exactly.

It’s the sort of place where there are ‘regulars’ in the most literal of senses. People have been coming for years, and for them, this isn’t just the loss of their favorite drinking spot, it’s the loss of a Friday night hangout with friends – including the bartenders.

The joint is famous for attempting to secede from the neighborhood last year, as reported by Brooklyn Magazine. It is a quintessential dive bar, complete with a ten dollar bucket of six beers, an electric jukebox spouting anything from Johnny Cash to Nickelback, red lights shedding an eerie 80’s glow, and a glorious faded sign stating “No Smoking Behind the Bar”.

After chatting with the bartender, she confirmed that it was indeed set to close on September 14th, with a rumored open-bar night to celebrate the end of a family business providing cold brews since the 1950’s. Apparently the pharmacy next door, with a 20 year lease, will be taking over the space.

Sipping on my Budweiser, I was surrounded by an eclectic group of drinkers – ranging from some kids playing darts in the backroom to married couples sharing a beer and discussing what they could do to save the place to a group of older men tossing jokes back and forth.

This is not a new issue. Every day, old pubs are closing down and new spots with mixology menus are take over that sacred space. In comes the local organic grocery to demolish the shelves of canned preservatives! Derelict buildings are restored into apartments, and new schools are built as families move to affordable neighborhoods. Everything changes; that is how cities grow. Are these changes a bad thing? In this particular case, perhaps yes. In general, I suppose that’s a matter of personal opinion.

Regardless of how you may feel about this evolution, pop by on Saturday September 14th and join the crew in a final ‘cheers’ to good memories.

Club Loco – Performance Space for Teens

In operation since January 2007, Club Loco is a performance space for teen bands open only to youth, ages 14-20.
Supervised by young adult volunteers and a paid security guard, Club Loco operates one Saturday evening per month
during the school year, in a space off Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn..
Club Loco is sponsored by the Park Slope Civic Council and the Reformed Church in America as a service
to the community. We are a non profit.

Our next event is October 20th, 2007.
Click here for the poster for this event.

We are looking for additional publicity, volunteers AND donations to keep the space open and available to teenagers…

We’d be interested in having local businesses sponsor the club — it would only cost $350 to sponsor a single show date as the space
is donated and costs are relatively low.

This is a great opportunity for a business to get involved at the ground level with a local project which supports the artistic growth of
our own teens!

Please contact me at the attached email address with any leads, questions, suggestions …

Rachel
www.myspace.com/clubxloco
rachelfran@yahoo.com

Best of Park Slope


Red Horse Cafe, Brooklyn

Originally uploaded by 536.

Yavel’s list:

Best Loaf – Lopez Bakery – 5th ave bet 18 th and 19th St. The bread is very good and cheap. I always get the 7 grain. They make a nice loaf, but stay away from the pastry. The bread is baked fresh every day, but the other stuff tends to be stale. Haven’t tried the tamales yet.

Bakery – Two Little Red Hens – 8th Ave. They’re expensive, but so good.

Bodega/small grocer – La Dolce Vita – 7th Ave – Clean store and nice owner, also has a good beer selection

Toy Store – Toy Space on 7th ave around 13th – Nice selection of toys, if a bit overpriced. This place has saved me on a few occasions when I had to get a quick gift for a kid. There’s also a place on 5th ave, but I can’t remember the name.

Children’s Shoes – Windsor Shoes – Prospect Park West – The staff is very helpful and they have a good selection.

Pizza – Pino’s La Forchetta – 7th Ave – classic pizza joint

Coffee Shop – 6th ave and 12th St – Red Horse Cafe – good coffee and not crowded

Sandwich shop – Pollios – 5th Ave – Good hoagies and specialty foods. It has a nice, neighborhood feel.

More lists in the Park Slope Message Boards

Ranking of the 3 New Local Bars that Steve Hit Recently


farm 2 (Flatbush Farm)

Originally uploaded by jscandinaro.

Steve writes in the Park Slope Message Boards:

Just came back from having a quick drink with friends at Union Hall, and…I’m less than impressed. I mean, Floyd’s has been open for how many years, and it’s more or less the same. I like it well enough, good beers and the little burgers look good, but it’s just too similar.

Of the 3 new local bars I went to this weekend, I would rank them:

1. Flatbush Farm
2. Cherry Tree
3. Floyd’s 2

New bars in the Park Slope Message Boards

Cattyshack in the New York Times

2005_5_cattyshack.jpgFrom the New York Times: “On a still-industrial strip of Fourth Avenue, just beyond the leafy residential quiet of Park Slope, this welcoming bi-level club is both bar and clubhouse, populated by diverse crowds of lesbians and their friends. The welcoming space is bigger and more polished than owner Brooke Webster’s previous venture, the now-defunct Houston Street dive Meow Mix…”

“…Many varieties of the Sapphically inclined were visible on a recent night: boyish girls in Carhartts and their male friends, middle-aged couples, a bartender with a mohawk. The countercultural and the traditionalist should both find a place to feel at home here…”

Cattyshack | 249 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, NY. 718-230-5740

LINKS:
Top Pick: Cattyshack [New York Times]
Meow Mix Owner Lands on Her Feet [Curbed.com]

Discuss: [Park Slope Message Boards]