Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Is the South Slope on the way to becoming the next "Hot" Brooklyn Nabe?

Patrons were crestfallen last year when Freddy's, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, poured its final shots. While the boisterous tavern—a hangout for artists, cops and others since Prohibition—was razed to make way for Atlantic Yards, one of its owners had an epiphany. “We could reinvent ourselves,” said Donald O'Finn. “We could start again.”
In February, Freddy's was reincarnated near the corner of 17th Street and Fifth Avenue. The area, south of the Prospect Expressway and between Fourth Avenue and Green-Wood Cemetery, has had a surge in bars and restaurants in recent months.
Though its name is disputed—old-timers consider it part of Sunset Park, while newcomers prefer South Slope or Greenwood Heights—the area's sudden popularity is not. A spinoff of Carroll Gardens' famous Lucali pizzeria began serving wood-fired pies and calzones in a candlelit shopfront on 20th Street and Sixth Avenue in March. That's just a block from Lot 2, a locavore establishment and the first East Coast outpost of Katherine Dyer, a former San Francisco restaurateur.

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