Max Fish Can Stay at 178 Ludlow One More Year

We tweeted this earlier but wanted to catch up with this afternoon’s flurry of reports on Max Fish’s temporary reprieve. Paper had the exclusive: owner Ulli Rimkus signed a one-year lease extension, keeping the legendary bar on Ludlow Street while she searches for a new location. More from the New York Times:

The extension, which maintains the terms of the current lease, is the result of an agreement between Arwen Properties and the bar’s owner, Ullie (sp?) Rimkus. The lease now ends Jan. 31, 2012… She plans on remaining in the neighborhood, an area that has increasingly become a raucous entertainment district. “We can find a place, build it out, and move on in,” she said. “Hopefully it’s that easy.” The extension also applies to the Pink Pony, a restaurant on the same piece of property. Since Max Fish’s imminent closure was announced in early December, crowds have swarmed in to pay their last respects. On one night in mid-December, Yelawolf, a rapper from Alabama, gave an impromptu performance from a tabletop.

DNA Info: Police Accuse Wrong Man in LES Burglaries

Back in November, most every news organization in the city reported the NYPD was searching for a suspect in a string of burglaries on the Lower East Side.  Today Patrick Hedlund of DNA Info has a follow-up:

A former New Yorker says his reputation is ruined after the NYPD wrongfully named him as a suspect in a string of burglaries on the Lower East Side and then failed to correct the record with news organizations for weeks — even after arresting the actual suspect. Irving Walker, 41, said the NYPD released his name, description, former Bronx address, and a decade-old mugshot in an e-mail to the media naming him as a suspect wanted in connection with 13 high-profile residential burglaries in October and November.

Follow-up: Fire at St. James Church

The Fire Department announced a short time ago that yesterday’s fire at St. James Church in Chinatown was caused by a faulty chimney. More than 100 firefighters responded to the blaze yesterday at 32 James Street. The structure, just below Chatham Square, is the second oldest Catholic church in Manhattan. Archbishop Timothy Dolan was on the scene.

A few moments ago, Father Walter Tonelotto told us us the damage to the church is minor. They’re working on boarding up a section of the roof firefighters punctured to get to the flames and smoke. On Thursday, he’s expecting a full assessment from the church’s insurance company. Father Tonelotto is fairly confident services will be held at St. James this weekend. But he won’t know for sure until the insurance company gives the okay.

No one was inside the building at the time the fire broke out, at about noon yesterday.

CB3 Panel Approves Cafe Charbon Transfer, Souvalki GR, Rejects La Vie

EV Grieve and Eater have the scoop from last night’s Community Board 3 liquor license hearing.  The big bombshell: Cafe Charbon (168 Orchard) is changing hands. “The team behind The Stumble Inn, Off the Wagon, Gin Mill, Jake’s Dilemma, Down the Hatch and The 13th Step” is taking taking over the space,” Grieve reported. No word on the new name or the concept. It’ll be open until 4am and have occasional dj’s. The SLA Committee approved the transfer unanimously.

Also last night, the owners of Barraza Foods (Jersey City) were approved to take over 198B Orchard, formerly Eddie Huang’s Xiao Ye. Taqueria Lower East Side will be open until 1:30am on weekends.

Souvalki GR had no trouble convincing the CB3’s panel to support a wine/beer license for their tiny storefront at 116 Stanton. The highly regarded food truck operators will close at 11pm, 1am on weekends.

Earlier in the evening, there was ugliness as Le Vie, the club at 64 East 1st Street, unsuccessfully lobbied for a license renewal. This one ended in accusations of racism. Grieve has the sordid details.

Acclaimed Dancer Returns to LES for Special Performance

In the world of professional dance, Amar Ramasar is a rising star. The New York Times said his joy in dancing is infectious. Dance Magazine praised his “eloquent, expressive dancing and his engaging, ebulliant personality.”  So it’s understandable that a lot of arts enthusiasts on the Lower East Side are anxiously anticipating a special performance by Ramasar, principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, this coming Sunday at the Abrons Arts Center (part of the Henry Street Settlement).

The event. “An Afternoon to Celebrate Amar Ramasar & Friends,” is notable on its merits. But because this is a homecoming of sorts, the benefit concert for one of our neighborhood’s most venerable arts institutions, carries special meaning.  It was nearly 20 years ago at Abrons that Ramasar, a 10-year-old boy, first fell in love with dance.

Making Meatballs For Jimmy Fallon

The Meatball Shop owners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow entertained Jimmy Fallon last night while revealing that, in addition their new “shop” in Williamsburg, they will be opening a meatball joint in the West Village as well.

Silver on Rent Regulation, Overheated Rhetoric and Over-eating

Reporters caught up with State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in Albany yesterday, quizzing him on a variety of subjects. In spite of new reports to the contrary, he said Assembly Democrats are not seeking to make property tax relief contingent on the passage on legislation to extend and strengthen rent regulation.

Asked whether he was concerned about his own safety following the Arizona shootings, Silver indicated it would be prudent for both the media and elected officials to dial back the overheated rhetoric that has dominated American politics in recent years.

Later in the day, Silver met at the Executive Mansion with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate majority Leader Dean Skelos.

Three Men in a Mansion, Performance Artist Gone Wild, Meatball Guys on NBC

  • “The three men in a room” — Sheldon Silver, Andrew Cuomo and Dean Skelos — meet in a “magical place.” (NYT)
  • State Senator Daniel Squadron interviewed (EVL).
  • City officials apologize for their handling of the Boxing Day Blizzard and promise to do better (NYT).
  • Michael Musto: “Performance artist causes concussion.” Charges filed at the 7th Precinct (Village Voice).
  • The Meatball Shop guys on Jimmy Fallon (Hulu).
  • Handmade watches from Kyoto hit Orchard Street (Racked).

Coming up: a separate post on last night’s CB3/SLA Committee meeting.

Paul Taylor and Company Captivate Lower East Side

Mr. Paul Taylor in his office at the new studios on Grand Street

Over 800 people stopped in to to visit the new home base for the world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company on Sunday.  Lower East Side residents were treated to a warm welcome at the company’s Holiday Open House which included free performances, refreshments, tours and raffle prizes.  The audience, from very young to very old, was enraptured by the dancers as they performed in their gorgeous new rehearsal space.  It was a rare preview of new work that will be presented in February at NY City Center.  (More photos after the jump.)

Good Morning!

LES Field

Photo by C. Merry.

Cloudy skies with a high of 32 degrees today.  Then tonight, the snow returns. We could get up to 10 inches into Wednesday.