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Palace Café is a bar you love because it, among all the changes happening in Greenpoint, remains unchanged. "At least there's Palace Café!" you might say to your friend complaining about Greenpoint's waterfront development and steady loss of untouched charm. But, now, we're losing this, too. On September 3, Palace Café will close, according to Gothamist. Palace Café, nestled on the corner of Nassau Avenue and Russell Street, across from McGolrick Park, was established in 1933. It...
Montero’s Bar and Grill 73 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn Heights Do new bars have a smell? Something like that of new cars? I think they do; many of the newer bars in Brooklyn smell like white paint and credit card receipts. They smell like nothing. Like less than nothing. This causes a specifically alarming type of cognitive dissonance because New York is a city that smells. It’s ripe. It stinks in a way that signals to all...
Since time immemorial, dive bars have occupied a very special place in the hearts of booze-inclined New Yorkers. We love dive bars because, much like the city itself, they’re unique, oozing with comforting familiarity and a genuine sense of authenticity--or at least oozing with something. Each dive demonstrates its own spin on a common theme, from perpetually disgusting bathrooms and two ingredient cocktails to $3 bottles of Bud heavy, shoddy jukeboxes and salty-sweet bartenders....
There was a time before gentrifiers made it all the way to Ditmas Park that Irish and Italian gangs, with names like the Shamrock Boys and South Brooklyn Boys, warred around Prospect Park’s southwest and western borders. That was about when, a half century ago, Jimmy Houlihan started slinging drinks at Farrell’s, the venerable Windsor Terrace bar. “I was born in the neighborhood,” says Houlihan, affectionately called Houlie by, among many others, the younger bartender—a...

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