Neighbors fear planned Brooklyn Barge Bar

Watering hole: Greenpointers make doomsday predictions for planned barge bar

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A planned floating East River bar off the Greenpoint shore will inundate the surrounding area with sloppy drunks who will trash Transmitter Park, peace-and-quiet-loving neighbors predict.

“They are going to drink at the barge and then come out and puke and piss in the park,” Rolf Carle said.

The entrepreneurs behind the Brooklyn Barge Bar pitched it to Community Board 1’s liquor committee in late February, and members demanded they come back on March 31 with more information and proof of permits from the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Army Corps of Engineers.

The partners have rented a strip of waterfront land near Transmitter Park from controversial real estate mogul Joshua Guttman and plan to build a gangway to a barge floating beside it, one said. The bar is set to sit on the vessel, and a restaurant serving grilled dishes is planned for the land. The establishment will lure people to the river who wouldn’t go otherwise, he said.

“You would be surprised at how many people have never gone down to the water,” Will Drawbridge said. “This will give them something to come down for.”

The owners plan for the business to be family-friendly during the day and adult-oriented at night, he said. Drawbridge’s view of Transmitter Park differs dramatically from local activists’ framing of it as a place under siege. He and his partners plan to build bathrooms and kayak storage there because the space needs more people using it, he said.

“Those things do not build revenue, but the Greenpoint waterfront is under-utilized, so we might as well use it,” Drawbridge said.

Drawbridge gained his outdoor grill chops as a long-time employee of the Flying Pan, a similar venture on a barge docked on the Hudson River in Manhattan.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
Unless they are serving all you can drink alcohol I don't think it will be a barge of raging fools.

If they keep the prices at the barge at a premium at worse it will be a tourist trap.
March 5, 2015, 1:51 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
If Greenpoint can put up with McGolrick Park, it can handle another bar.
March 5, 2015, 3:10 pm
Gee says:
Enough bars for millennial alcoholics already.
March 5, 2015, 4:30 pm
rc from Greenpoint says:
Sorry Gee, but Greenpoint ave west of franklin is essentially all millennial territory. I think this is an innovative concept. Patrons of Greenpoint's bars seem to be quite a bit higher brow than say those who go to the Frying Pan. Plus, this will surely add more customers to the other businesses and restaurants on franklin (ie Alter, Wolves Within, Old Hollywood, Ovenly, Littleneck Outpost, etc)
March 5, 2015, 4:40 pm
Jerri says:
Funny, The Frying Pan is awesome. This will be for khaki wearing, no socks with their loafers, kayaking on Poop Creek yuppie interlopers. Enjoy! You all deserve each other.
March 5, 2015, 5:40 pm
CC says:
Since when do bars bring business to other kinds of business? That's a ridiculous argument. I doubt this place will ever get open.
March 5, 2015, 6:03 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
CC, it's called "clustering." It's only ridiculous if you're both ignorant and ignorant of your own ignorance.
March 6, 2015, 2:43 pm
Gilligan from Coney Isle says:
Gee Skipper, this entirely new concept of booze and beards in N. Brooklyn is just what we need. I've never seen anything like it. What swell idea. I'm gonna run over and tell the professor; he's working on his latest invention: Coffee. See ya, Skipper.
March 7, 2015, 7:46 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
The same argument could be made for any bar in the city. Not a reason to stop the planned business. I am sure if they provide bathrooms it will be fine.
March 7, 2015, 8:23 am
Vinnie Polack from Greenpoint says:
Greenpoint used to have a bar on nearly every corner long before gentrification. The question is, how are people going to access the gangway to the barge? Through Transmitter Park?

The entire waterfront was supposed to be converted to parks: from Domino to Ash St. For that reason, the Community Board should not grant this license.
March 7, 2015, 6:18 pm
Dylan from Brooklyn Heights says:
im calling dibs on artisinal hipster puke
March 8, 2015, 5:39 pm
millennial alcoholic from greenpoint says:
Here's an idea:

1) scrap this plan
2) bring back the Mark Bar
3) ???
4) profit

Amirite guys!?
June 6, 2015, 11:50 am

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