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This place has been closed for renovations for, what, years now? With plans to reopen bigger and better, given its proximity to the Barclays Center. But we'll remember it fondly as the dingy North Slope dive in which the stools were torn up, smokeeasy ash trays came out after midnight, and all the beer came in bottles. Elliott Smith hung out here when he lived in Brooklyn and, rumor has it, wrote much of XO
in its booths. But it wasn't the same after Mr. O'Connor sold it.