Hollow Nickel is a casual neighborhood bar and restaurant located in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Opened in August 2012, it is owned and operated by three friends that drew inspiration from the little known and intriguing story of the 1953 Hollow Nickel Case.
The case began with a 14 year old Brooklyn Eagle newspaper boy who collected a five cent piece that felt too light to him. When he dropped it on the ground, it popped open to disclose a microfilm containing a series of numbers. The microfilm went on to reveal a complex web of espionage involving the KGB, the U.S. Atomic Program and the U.S. Navy.