Max Fish

Lucien Bahaj, ‘Pink Pony’ and ‘Lucien’ Fixture, Dies at 74

Posted August 5, 2019 at 5:03 am

Another of the old neighborhood guard has passed on. Lucien Bahaj, the local icon behind Lower East Side favorites Lucien and the Pink Pony, died last week. He was 74. According to published reports, he died on July 29. The Moroccan-born Bahaj founded his eponymous French bistro on First Avenue in 1998. It was a […]

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Adidas Launches Limited Edition Max Fish Sneakers Celebrating 30 Years of the Bar

Posted July 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

When Max Fish first opened on Ludlow Street in 1989, it quickly became a favored hangout of downtown skateboarders. Now, years removed from its original location, the rebooted dive bar has teamed up with adidas to create a “super limited run” of skater kicks. Dubbed “Max Fish Campus ADV,” the collaborative shoe comes with a […]

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DOH Shutters ‘Sweet Chick’ on Ludlow Street

Posted December 26, 2018 at 5:07 am

For the third time this year, Sweet Chick on Ludlow Street has fallen victim to a city-mandated closure. Department of Health inspectors showed up to the restaurant last week (December 19) and tallied a list of 86 violation points. Citation was rather serious – vermin on-premise and food prep areas tainted by “sewage or liquid […]

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‘Electrical Issue’ Sidelines Ludlow Street’s Sweet Chick Indefinitely

Posted January 22, 2018 at 5:12 am

Celebrity-backed Sweet Chick has been closed and on the ropes for the last three days. Apparently, there were some unspecified “electrical issues,” and Con Edison came to shut down the waffles-and-chicken restaurant just before the busy rush on Friday evening. Computer printouts taped to the vestibule say the same – that it’s closed “temporarily” and […]

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Finger Tips: Why You Shouldn’t Pet the NYPD Horses in Hell Square

Posted August 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

More evidence of why the NYPD’s equine patrol unit in Hell Square is a bad idea. It’s not just the mounds of horse shit and smell of piss weekend mornings. The drunken petting zoo can also result in disfigurement. In this case, a presumably sloshed Swedish woman hanging at Max Fish last November – Pernilla Ekberg – asked an officer […]

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Celebrity Chef Julieta Ballesteros Gambling on Problematic Pink Pony Space

Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:16 am

It’s been two-and-a-half years since Pink Pony departed the Lower East Side, but who’s counting? Since its forced closure at the hand of a $6,000 rent hike, the large restaurant space has remained dormant. Absolutely zero activity here except for the placement of numerous leasing signs in the windows and above the entrance itself. However, […]

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Why the Pink Pony Space on Ludlow Street Will Have Trouble Attracting Another Restaurant

Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:00 am

If you can believe it, we’re already two years removed from Pink Pony’s unfortunate demise. The beloved restaurant on upper Ludlow Street shuttered in February 2013 when landlord Arwen Properties issued a $6,000 rent hike to an ubearable $20,000 sum. It’s still a vacancy. Since then, 176 Ludlow has been peddled on the rental market without much […]

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Remember When MTV Created a Virtual Lower East Side?

Posted January 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

Remember that time when MTV created a virtual Lower East Side landscape? Yup. Back in mid-2007, the colossal media company unveiled what it called vLES, a forum for computer-bound folk to explore the “mecca of all things creative” without the need to leave the house. Within this loose interpretation of the neighborhood, avatars could interact […]

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First Impressions of the Second Coming of Max Fish on Orchard Street

Posted August 4, 2014 at 6:07 am

This past weekend was the inauguration of the Max Fish reboot at 120 Orchard Street. Friday night was the obligatory soft-open, followed by an official launch the next day. As it stands, only the ground floor is ready for revelers; the basement space is forthcoming. We stopped by for a drink and a photo. The […]

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The Max Fish Cigarette Makes a Comeback, But Not in the Way You Think

Posted July 29, 2014 at 5:32 am

The iconic Max Fish marquee cigarette is most certainly making a comeback, as previously reported. But probably not in the way you think. In the Orchard Street reboot, the illuminated ornament now resides on the wall beside the entrance. With some glittery accompaniment. Placing the twenty-five-year-old piece indoors makes sense, though. Max Fish owner Ulli Rimkus […]

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