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Bushwick Dive Bar Wreck Room to Close After Almost a Decade

By Serena Dai | June 24, 2014 3:22pm
 Wreck Room, 940 Flushing Ave., will serve its last drinks Saturday.
Wreck Room, One of Bushwick's Oldest Dive Bars, to Close Saturday
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BUSHWICK — It's last call in the graffiti-adorned walls of one of Bushwick's oldest dive bars.

Wreck Room, 940 Flushing Ave., will be serving its last drinks on Saturday after nine years in the area, staffers at the bar confirmed Monday night.

"It's the first bar I ever went to here," said regular Mac Gundy, 24. "Everything in Bushwick is going haywire."

Blog Bushwick Daily first reported the closure.

Bartender Zach Clausen said he found out on Monday about the bar closing. The reason for the closing was unclear.

Messages relayed to Wreck Room's manager were not returned. The bar's owner and the landlord could not be reached for comment.

The bar, with its dance floor, pool table and projected TV screen, was home to  DJs and dance nights, as well as regulars who stopped in every day for an evening drink.

Several regulars at the bar Monday evening bemoaned the imminent loss of their watering hole — a place that acted more as a family "living room" than a bar, said Deflon Sallahri, who has been going to Wreck Room since it opened.

Every Thursday, he and others would put "Law and Order" on the TV, sometimes watching on closed caption for hours.

He even lived in the bar on and off for a few months after he broke up with his live-in girlfriend years ago, sleeping on a futon in the back or on the car-seat style booths that have since been taken away.

Sallahri pointed to all the tags and graffiti on the walls as "genuine aesthetics" and "character" that have developed over the years.

"We created the vibe," Sallahri said of the bar's regulars. "We totally helped build this neighborhood and build a vibe. We did this."

The Wreck Room is the second longtime area dive bar to announce an end of an era. Kings County Bar will be leaving its original, garage-sized location at 286 Seigel St. next month due to rent increases, moving nearby to 1 Knickerbocker Ave.

As for where local lovers of dives will go next? Regulars at Wreck Room didn't know.

"We'll still find each other," Sallahri said.