First came the fight over Atlantic Yards — now comes the fight over all the bars it will attract.
Park Slope residents are planning to storm a Community Board 6 hearing on Monday night to protest a liquor license for Prime 6 NYC, a live music venue and sports bar that is under construction at the corner of Flatbush and Sixth avenues — just one and a half blocks from the future home of the Brooklyn-bound Nets.
Their large venue, which will occupy the shuttered Royal Video, is a “two-floor” club with “outdoor seating with a beautiful garden,” according to the Prime 6 NYC Myspace page.
But residents believe that the bar will target a hoops and hip-hop crowd that will be raucous before and after games.
“It is completely in conflict with an internationally famous, family oriented area,” said Steve Ettlinger, a non-fiction writer who lives nearby. “And everyone who has approached the owner has been rudely rebuffed.”
Akiva Ofshtein, who is listed as the lessee in public records, did not return calls, but the bar’s social media websites offer a glimpse at what’s to come.
On the bar’s Facebook page, where the Prime 6 logo is in the shape of a basketball, many of the “friends” are musicians and DJs.
The webpage also includes a link to the “Prime 6 mixed CD,” which was created by hip hop artist DJ Big Jeff, who has songs titled, “Motha F–ka, I’m Ill” and “New Money.”
The owner of the building, Lina Feng, would say only, “I’m not at liberty to talk about it. I just collect the rent.”
The liquor license application will be discussed by Community Board 6 at the Prospect Park YMCA [357 Ninth St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 643-3027] on Feb. 28 at 6:30 pm.
©2011 Community News Group
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