This Sunday at noon, Freddy's Bar in Brooklyn will be installing a chain.
Found in Brooklyn has the entire email that the owner sent around. Here's an excerpt:
"Due to ever increasing threats to the stability of Freddy’s bar in light of the Arena project, recent court decisions, an overwhelming number of Freddy's patrons desire to chain themselves to the bar if Scrooge Ratner and Grinch Paterson's Atlantic Yards Project attempts to shutdown and demolish Freddy's Bar and Backroom.
This Sunday, we are installing chains & shackles onto the Bar itself for just such a purpose."
graffiti in Freddy's backroom
Freddy's has been around for a long time.
Fans for Fair Play writes: "Freddy's serves working people from Prohibition days 'til now. Before the Eighteenth Amendment is repealed, Freddy's is a speakeasy. There is also bowling for a spell. Freddy's is for factory people, including the pressmen from the Daily News plant around the corner--Freddy's wets striking whistles during the tense 1990 strike. Closer to now, Freddy's is a cop bar. These days, everyone from punk rockers to firefighters to opera singers to local barflies call Freddy's home."
In this photo from 1952, Dodger fans drown their sorrows in pints of Freddy's beer.
That's the same bar today. If these men are still alive, and able-bodied, maybe they'll show up on Sunday, too, handcuffs in hand, ready to take a stand against corporate greed and dirty politics.