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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...
There are very few actual "dive bars" left in most of Brooklyn—like, legitimately grimy taverns that you'd feel uncomfortable entering because of shady dealings and an aura of hostility. So we've taken to calling places that are actually kind of nice "dives" just because they're old, what might more accurately be called a "neighborhood bar," what a generation or two ago was just called a "bar": a place where locals congregate all nights of the...

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