Thursday, July 25, 2013

Bar 4

VANISHING

Neighborhood bar and music venue Bar 4 in Park Slope is closing.



Yesterday, they announced on their Facebook page and website:

"It is with great sadness that we announce that after 14 years as a neighborhood institution, music venue and beloved Slope staple, Bar 4 will be permanently closing its doors on August 15, 2013... For a decade-and-a-half this venue has been a launching pad for musicians who have gone on to international acclaim and played host to local acts with world class talent. The neighborhood has changed, and so have we. But as one era gives way to another we must face the financial realities that have confronted so many other good, hardworking Brooklynites..."

And gentrification takes another.


9 comments:

Seth Silverton said...

I think it's wonderful that the demographic transition that changed the place I was raised in during the 70s and 80s is still referred to as 'gentrification.' When it first happened in the very early 80s the dreaded Manhattan WASPS began to infest the Center Slope. We ran out and bought "The Preppy Handbook" to know our enemy as if it was "The Art of War" but even the Master Sun himself could not save us. Some short lived revenge came in October of 1987 when the market crashed and there were a few less BMWs hogging our spots but that too was not enough to stem the tide. Finally, I moved to Maine. My last connection to the land I love is this blog. God bless you young man.

Mike Hawk said...

A guy named Seth Silverton complaining about WASPs. That's pretty funny.


onemorefoldedsunset said...

Gentrification invades my corner to the extent that huge chunks of my back yard caved in this week.
Excavating next door for condo building. Old neighbors used to hang out, watch the block, help each other out, fix things themselves. We had a really great mix of people on the street. Newer people seem to inhabit some other world of their own, barely communicating with anyone unlike themselves. Dreary sad souls.

Ivan said...

I used to live a few blocks aways. Let's face it, it was nowhere near a neighborhood institution. That said, said to see it go since nothing interesting ever opens up anymore.

randall said...

eh. it's kind of hard to muster outrage for something established in 1999.

Anonymous said...

Some old Italian guy came up to me in Union Square and said "Pop Quiz, where do all the Wiseguys in Brooklyn come from?" and I said "Obviously Bensonhurst" and he said "No, Park Slope" HAHAHA!
Yea right. Maybe 40 years ago but sure as hell not these days LOL.

Bob96 said...

Not a bad run, 14 years. And yeah, the wise guys did come from the Slope--when I was a Slope kid in the 50s and 60s, this stretch was tough as nails, well into the 80s. For what it's worth, if it had not been for gentrification back then, the place wouldn't have opened (or lasted) in the first place.

Anonymous said...

I believe before Bar 4 opened there was another bar, the name escapes me, that catered to the local lesbian population as did Laila's Middle Eastern Restaurant across the street.

Anonymous said...

Bar 4 was part of gentrification. The lesbian bar (also part of the gentrification of that area) was pushed out by Bar 4. Hell, that part of Brooklyn wasn't even considered part of Park Slope when it opened. It may have been the South Slope, but really the entire neighborhood had no name.