With the Barclays Center taking shape, the surrounding neighborhood is starting to change, too. A block and a half away from the arena, an abandoned video store has been gutted, its owners hoping to open a sports bar, called Prime 6, before the Nets play their first game in October 2012.
But local residents object believing, as the Brooklyn Paper reports, the bar will target a "hoops and hip-hop crowd" that promises to be "raucous". It will change the neighborhood, says Steve Ettlinger, author of the book, "Twinkie Deconstructed", and a protest leader. "It is completely in conflict with an internationally famous, family oriented area," he says.
However, a protest against the bar fizzled Monday night when it was revealed the restaurant and bar had already secured a liquor license two weeks ago.
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