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Sports Bars Next Brooklyn Battle

Tom Kaminski, Chopper 880 via New Jersey Nets
Tom Kaminski, Chopper 880 via New Jersey Nets

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.