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Cloak-Loving Designer Lindsey Thornburg Digs a New Trench On Orchard Street

(Lindsey Thornburg's Facebook)

(Lindsey Thornburg’s Facebook)

Looking to channel Blake Lively? Look no further. Womens’ apparel designer Lindsey Thornburg reopened last week at 21 Orchard Street after a rent hike forced her to move from her residence of two years, at 114 Stanton.
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Here’s a Look Inside the New Max Fish, Opening Saturday

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Legendary LES art bar Max Fish is poised for a revival, one year after the closure of its iconic Ludlow Street location. This Saturday afternoon, the Fish will swim again at new digs on Orchard Street—no. 120 to be exact, right across from that other dynastic offshoot, the Russ and Daughters Café.
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First Look at Sweet Chick, Opening in the Former Max Fish Space

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

There’s a curvy outline where the bar used to be, some graffiti on the ground where the bathrooms were, and parts of the old front doors have been turned into moldings, but that’s pretty much all that remains of Max Fish in the space that will reopen as the second location of Sweet Chick.
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Sweet Chick Will Cluck Up Max Fish’s Old Place Next Month

The Max Fish space after its last party. (Photo: Anna Silman)

The Max Fish space after its last party. (Photo: Anna Silman)

If yesterday’s news that Max Fish is returning to the Lower East Side via Orchard Street caused you to wonder whattup with its old home on Ludlow, well, we just got the answer: Sweet Chick, the Williamsburg chicken-and-waffles joint, just announced that it’ll open May 7, with its hangover-helping brunch launching that weekend.
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Will Max Fish Open a Few Blocks From Its Old Location?

(Photo: Daniel Savage)

(Photo: Daniel Savage)

Here’s more evidence that Max Fish, after initially planning to move to Williamsburg, might end up sticking with the Lower East Side: on the calendar of meetings that Community Board 3 just sent out, a company belonging to the Fish’s owner, Ulli Rimkus, is slated to appear at the April 7 meeting of the board’s liquor license committee.
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Goodbye, Blue Monday to Say Goodnight; Neighbors Not-So-Sweet on Sweet Chick

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Bushwick concert space Goodbye, Blue Monday is begging for a buyer, otherwise it will close this month. [The Brooklyn Paper]

Meanwhile, the property at 37 E. 12th St. was bought for $26.6 million…. cash. [Massey Knakel Reel] Keep Reading »

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Joseph Latimore (Passerby, Panda) Has Opened Sensei, ‘For Artists and People Who Love Art’

Athena LaTocha's New Works, Installation View at Sensei Gallery. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Athena LaTocha’s new works at Gallery Sensei. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

For every couple of dozen unpleasant openings and closings in LES, there’s one that manages to restore our faith in the neighborhood, if only for a glorious moment. Gallery Sensei, a 2,000 sq. ft. gallery and arts event space at 278 Grand Street, is one such opening. The permanent outpost of the art project of the same name, Sensei promises exhibitions, art events and even booze! Yes, there’s a charming bar in the back of the space ideal for discussing the works on view or how much your rent has gone up this month.
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Wasted Again: Max Fish Returned to the LES Last Night

With the overambitious lighting, lack of personal space and countless familiar faces (including the affable Shannon Moore, who along with other former Max Fish bartenders divulged his current whereabouts to us just last week), the Max Fish pop-up party at 203 Houston last night felt a helluva lot like the real deal. The folks who brought you the Lower East Side fixture teamed up with Klughaus gallery and Converse (who were responsible for providing guests with free booze, hoorah!), to pull off the event. Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus — who last week told us there wasn’t a set date for the Williamsburg reopening — was all smiles, surrounded by her loyal staff and regulars. Here are some of the choice Instagrams from the evening.
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There’s Something (Max) Fishy Happening at the Katz’s Pop-Up Tonight

IMG_3006Yes, there is still a monstrous, PBR-shaped hole in our hearts since Max Fish closed last summer, but this evening a few of the folks responsible for all things Max Fish have teamed up with Klughaus Gallery and, with the help of Converse, are having a Max Fish party in the Katz’s pop-up space on Houston. Though it’s uncertain what, precisely, makes the party inherently “Max-Fishy,” other than its proximity to the recently shuttered outpost, we imagine the flyer alone is enough to bring out the old familiar faces in an “if you build it, they shall come” sort of way.

Here’s what happened last time the Fish partnered with Klughaus, for a pop-up bar at Art Basel last month.
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Max Fish Bartenders: Where Are They Now?

(Photo: Daniel Savage)

(Photo: Daniel Savage)

Many of us are still mourning the loss of Max Fish, hopelessly wandering the gentrified streets of the Lower East Side for a watering hole to call home. However, we musn’t lose sight of what made Max Fish what it was. No, it wasn’t the revolting bathrooms, the overambitious lighting or even the refreshingly affordable beverages. It was the people, and many of those people are still kicking around downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, serving drinks, playing in bands and turning up at various dive bars to grab a beer.
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