Police Look For Suspect in Craigslist Apartment Scam at 178 Ludlow St.

“Sweet Chick” Seeks Liquor License at 178 Ludlow, Former Max Fish Space

A fried chicken and waffles restaurant from Brooklyn is angling for a liquor license at 178 Ludlow, the former home of Max Fish.

Huge Crowd Turns Out to Say So Long to Max Fish

Outside Max Fish on its final night.

Outside Max Fish on its final night.

They came in droves last night to say goodbye to Max Fish, the legendary Ludlow Street bar that was the center of gravity for artists, skaters and misfits of all types for a quarter century. 

Farewell Party at Max Fish Tonight

Max Fish, 178 Ludlow St. Photo by Alex M. Smith.

Max Fish, 178 Ludlow St. Photo by Alex M. Smith.

Max Fish closes for good on Ludlow Street next week — say farewell to the Lower East Side institution tonight.

Max Fish Closes on Ludlow Street at the End of July

Max Fish, 178 Ludlow St. Photo by Alex M. Smith.

Max Fish, 178 Ludlow St. Photo by Alex M. Smith.

As the whole world knows by now, legendary Lower East Side bar Max Fish is moving to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  During an impromptu chat the other afternoon, Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus told us she’ll be closing the Ludlow Street location at the end of July.  She’s anticipating a big farewell party before packing up for the move to the new space at 130 Metropolitan Avenue.

Max Fish became the epicenter of the neighborhood’s underground, bohemian arts scene shortly after opening in 1989.  Rimkus said she loves the idea of the old New York business that endures in one spot decade after decade and she dreamed that she could stay at 178 Ludlow St. forever.  Eye-popping rent increases, of course, made that impossible.  When Max Fish first opened, Rimkus was paying scarcely more than $2,000 month.   Arwen Properties, her landlord,  is reportedly seeking $20,000/month for the space next door, which was the home of Pink Pony, another local favorite that was forced out in January.

Petition: Max Fish is Moving to Brooklyn

Max Fish.

Max Fish.

Here’s something we just noticed online: it’s a petition in support of a liquor license for the legendary Lower East Side bar, Max Fish, in Brooklyn.  Here’s the text:

The Lower East Side institution and cultural icon Max Fish will be moving. We are seeking a 2pm – 4am liquor license for the following address: 132 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY…  If you’ve enjoyed time at The Fish please sign and share this petition. And if you live or know anyone that lives within 500 Feet of either132 Metropolitan Ave or 99 North 1st St in Brooklyn, please contact me directly at: tmq777@gmail.com.  Thanks for your support.