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‘Last Call on Ludlow’: A Photo Tribute to Max Fish, Closing Tonight

<strong>Ulli Rimkus</strong>

Ulli Rimkus

The owner of Max Fish. The person that made the iconic downtown art/skate gathering spot that is Max Fish possible. Thank you, Ulli.

<strong>Quindell Willis</strong>

Quindell Willis

Musician, photographer, and long-time bartender at Max Fish. Q to me is the epitome of effortlessly cool.

<strong>The bar</strong>

The bar

<strong>RB Umali</strong>

RB Umali

Talented film producer, skateboard filmmaker, and one of my closest friends. Whenever coming back to NYC from traveling, one of my first texts is to RB to meet up at Max Fish for pool.

<strong>Patrick Holmes</strong>

Patrick Holmes

Musician and Max Fish bartender. My favorite portrait in the series.

<strong>Tables</strong>

Tables

<strong>Paul Roura</strong>

Paul Roura

Also known as Paulgarr, Paul is a talented skateboard filmer and filmmaker along with being a fellow appreciator of all things Morrissey.

<strong>Marc Razo</strong>

Marc Razo

Along with brothers Andre and Tino, Marc is sort of synonymous with NYC skateboarding and downtown culture. A bartender at Max Fish and bassist for the band Endless Boogie. Everybody loves Marc -- it's as easy as that.

<strong>The pool table</strong>

The pool table

<strong>Justin Strubing</strong>

Justin Strubing

Aka "Smiles for Miles.” A long-time professional skateboarder, Justin is known as being undeniably one of the nicest people you can possibly meet. A few years ago, I also witnessed him win, like, a dozen straight pool games on the Max Fish pool table with a broken collarbone and one arm in a sling.

<strong>Joshua Wildman</strong>

Joshua Wildman

Who doesn't love Joshua Wildman? Talented photographer, always plays a great DJ set, and recently brought his dad to Max Fish when Mobb Deep performed . . . which I thought was pretty much the coolest thing ever.

<strong>A beer and a shot</strong>

A beer and a shot

<strong>Harry Druzd</strong>

Harry Druzd

Longtime Ludlow Street local and bartender at Max Fish. Drummer in the band Endless Boogie. Harry is the kind of guy who always asks how you're doing and how you've been.

<strong>Gabe Lockey</strong>

Gabe Lockey

A local at Max Fish and a guy I consider to be the quintessential free spirit. Recently traveled through Southeast Asia on a motorbike and came back with the best stories. Gabe is always guaranteed to play great vinyl while DJing.

<strong>The bathroom</strong>

The bathroom

<strong>Atiba Jefferson</strong>

Atiba Jefferson

One of my favorite photographers. If there's a great skate photo taken in the last several years, chances are Atiba was behind the lens. Also half of DJ duo The Blackouts, with twin brother Ako.

<strong>Ansku Heiskanen</strong>

Ansku Heiskanen

I actually don't know Ansku too well, but I loved this photo, and I think her style is emblematic of the type of people I enjoy meeting at the Fish.

<strong>The awning</strong>

The awning

<strong>Allan Windsor</strong>

Allan Windsor

Has been a bartender at Max Fish since the day it opened in 1989. My favorite source for epic stories of "The Old New York" and what the LES used to be like. He didn't really like me taking his photo for this, so I got nervous and accidentally double-exposed the film. It worked out to be one of my favorite shots of one of my favorite people.

<strong>Alex Corporan</strong>

Alex Corporan

Too much to sum up in a sentence. OG NYC skateboarding legend, friend of everyone, always has a smile. Collaborated with Ivory Serra and Andre Razo to put out the amazing book Full Bleed: New York City Skateboard Photography -- a must-have for anyone who wants to experience the history of skating in the city.

<strong>Ako Jefferson</strong>

Ako Jefferson

Helms The Skateboard Mag as Art Director, half of DJ duo The Blackouts, with twin brother Atiba.

<strong>The Fish</strong>

The Fish

Daniel Savage has been frequenting Max Fish for over a decade now. While the 31-year-old surfer and photographer doesn’t specifically remember the first time he set foot in the Lower East Side skater haven, he does recall the feeling: “I remember just being really wide-eyed about it all. I was new to NYC and it seemed like a place where people who were doing amazing things hung out. 178 Ludlow Street was where I wanted to be every night.”
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Oh, Hello! Will This New Luncheonette Bring Too Much Tuna to St. Marks?

ArchieLooks like “Too Much Tuna” has a new filming location.

A homey luncheonette specializing in deli-style chicken and tuna salad is slated to open within the next couple of weeks at 23 Third Avenue, right around the corner from the madness that is St. Marks Place.
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With This Korean Pub’s Opening, St. Marks is Looking More and More Like 32nd St.

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

Pan (Photo: Anna Silman)

St. Marks Place, long dominated by head shops and Japanese restaurants, looks to be experiencing the first seedlings of a demographic shift. (Don’t worry stoners, the head shops aren’t going anywhere.)

This month, Pan celebrated its relocation from the K-town strip on 32nd Street and its grand opening at 13 St. Marks.
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Ahoy! The Owners of The Richardson Have Docked Grand Ferry in Williamsburg

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(Photo: Jeremy Balderson Photography)

The good folks who brought The Richardson to the Greenpoint-Williamsburg border have quietly birthed (berthed?) a new one — Grand Ferry.

Despite the not insignificant development that has sprung up along Kent Avenue, Joel Lee Kulp thinks his week-old waterfront tavern, located between Grand and N. 1st St., fills an overlooked gap: “A lot of places in this particular neighborhood are opening straight-up restaurants, with a bar as an afterthought,” he said. “We’re a bar primarily that’s offering a food menu a swell.”
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Danny Mena of Hecho en Dumbo Opens Sembrado en Nueva York Tonight

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Tacos. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Tacos. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Sembrado (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Today on East 13th Street, Hecho en Dumbo’s Danny Mena will open what his GM, Oscar Bernal, describes as a “traditional taqueria and mezcaleria” — but it won’t be too traditional.
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An Astoria Favorite Is Bringing Its Big Fat Greek Menu to the East Village

Future location of Taverna. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

Future location of Taverna. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at Taverna Kyclades in Astoria, you’ll no longer need to schlep to Queens to make it happen. The family-style Greek-dining destination is opening an East Village outpost in two to three weeks at 228 First Avenue, near 14th Street.
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Williamsburg’s Heartbeet Will Soon Let Loose Its Juice on the LES

(Photo: Anna Silman)

So much for hot-dog sliders and funnel-cake fries. The nook that briefly held Munchies Joint is getting a seriously healthy makeover: the pint-sized storefront at 85 Stanton Street will soon be home to Heartbeet Juicery, a Brooklyn-based boutique juice cleanse company.
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Here’s an Early Look Inside Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary

(Photo: Anna Silman)

It looks like Antler Beer & Wine Dispensary is coming along nicely. The wine bar bound for 123 Allen Street is owned by Scott Garry and James Hendrick, who also owns Gramercy boozeries Bull’s Head Tavern and Tap Room No. 307. According to The Lo-Down, Community Board 3 voted to support their wine and beer license last week after Hendrick promised “a nice warm space for people to come after work where there’s positive energy.”

We haven’t been able to get the owners of Antler on the proverbial horn, but we did manage to nab a shot of the charmingly rustic interior, which looks well on its way to completion.
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Talking East Village-Bushwick With the Bi-Borough Producers of Slideluck

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The concept is kind of irresistible: a free dinner followed by a slideshow of local artwork. The Slideluck Potshow [the former Slideluck Potshow has rebranded as just Slideluck] began in photographer Casey Kelbaugh’s backyard in Seattle in 2000, expanded to Amsterdam, Nairobi, Bogota and beyond, and it’s coming to Bushwick this Thursday. This year, it’ll feature the work of 25 Bushwick and East Williamsburg-based artists (their names are below), one of which will be selected for a solo show at the Living Gallery in October. Bring a homemade potluck dish and you’ll get two raffle tickets for goodies from local businesses.
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Vogue Makes the ‘Long, Bumpy,’ ‘Perilous,’ ‘Costly, Time-Consuming, Often Nauseating’ Trek into Brooklyn

 

This month's issue of Vogue also includes a Brooklyn-themed fashion spread featuring Devon Aoki (right) outside of the Bedford Cheese Shop.

This month’s issue of Vogue also includes a Brooklyn-themed fashion spread featuring Devon Aoki (right) outside of the Bedford Cheese Shop.

It’s apparently been too long since a middle-aged Manhattanite went on safari in Brooklyn, so none other than Vogue has gone and published “A Distant Shore,” in which Jeffrey Steingarten “table-hops around New York’s most talked-about borough.” Oh, boy.

If the name Steingarten sounds familiar it’s not because you’re thinking of Soundgarden — it’s because a few years ago, Vogue’s restaurant critic touched off a small shitstorm among foodie types when he told Grub Street about the “dangers of Brooklyn boosterism,” recalling the time his Brooklyn-proud assistant brought him a croissant from some bakery she liked over there and he found it “only acceptable” compared to the great croissanteries of Manhattan (you know, like, Au Bon Pain).
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