It’s last call for Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook unless they raise $50G fast

Sunny days are nearing an end. Historic Sunny’s bar is in danger of being booted out of the Red Hook, Brooklyn, locale it’s called home for more than 110 years if it can’t raise $50,000 by the end of July, according to Daily News columnist Gersh Kuntzman. The salty saloon was heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy and is being further threatened by the sort of real estate woes that have killed many a New York City bar. The bar’s owner, Sunny Balzano, died last year, and now his widow, Tone Balzano Johansen, is fighting to keep the bar alive. Sunny’s has served the Red Hook neighborhood under different names since the late 1800s and weathered every wave of New York gentrification, starting with longshoremen and leading up to the mix of artists, locals and hipsters it draws today. To say the bar barely survived Sandy is an understatement. Johansen herself was trapped in the basement when the storm hit Oct. 29, 2012, causing $100,000 in damage to the joint. When that happened, the majority of the 18 stakeholders in the bar wanted to condemn the place, assuming the city would condemn the land. But bar regulars rallied over the 10-month period that followed and got Sunny’s up and running again. Now Sunny’s is battening down the hatches one more time as land value in the rapidly gentrifying coastal neighborhood is on the rise. Johansen, who controls 16% of the bar, worked out a deal to buy out her partners for… [Read full story]

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