Freddy's Patrons Protest Atlantic Yards

Protesting Atlantic Yards

Sunday, Dec 20, 2009  |  Updated 5:01 PM EDT
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Freddy's Patrons Protest Atlantic Yards

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Defenders of Freddy's Bar & Backroom in Brooklyn are so eager to defend the establishment from a recent eminent domain ruling that they're practicing handcuffing themselves to the bar.

     The locale is threatened by the 22-acre Atlantic Yards project. New York's top court ruled last month that the state can use eminent domain to force homeowners and businesses to sell their
properties to make way for the development.
    
On Sunday, supporters bolted a chain to the establishment's bar, and some patrons handcuffed themselves to it for about an hour while sipping on pints of beer. They say they'll do it again when
authorities try to seize the property.
    
Freddy's hosts music performances, "Cringe" diary readings and monthly diorama competitions. It was named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine in 2006.

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