April 29, 2013 / Brooklyn news / Williamsburg / Brooklyn Is Awesome

Awesome! Max Fish reeled across West River

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Manhattan’s loss is once again Brooklyn’s gain.

Legendary Manhattan art bar Max Fish is packing up and heading for Williamsburg.

Owner Ulli Rimkus plans to move the bar on Metropolitan Avenue between Wythe and Berry streets, right next to the Nitehawk Cinema.

Rumors of the move started to fly on blogs earlier in the week when someone posted a petition asking for support, and Community Board 1 chair Christopher H. Olechowski confirmed on Friday that owner Ulli Rimkus has notified the board that he planned to apply for a liquor license.

Rimkus declined to comment on the move.

Max Fish has been an institution on once-hip Ludlow Street since 1989. In recent years, the area has suffered as bars including Pink Pony and the Living Room were priced out in favor of an increasing onslaught of yogurt shops and boutiques.

‘The Lower East Side was over about five years ago,” said David Patterson, who has lived in Brooklyn for more than 20 years and works at a music shop. “Who goes there anymore?”

Williamsburg is increasingly becoming the landing spot for hip Meh-hattan businesses looking to move to a cooler locale. The world-famous experimental music club the Knitting Factory moved to our side of the West River from TriBeCa in 2009. That club moved into a space that had held the Luna Lounge, which had also moved here from Gaphattan.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 2:14 pm, May 2, 2013
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Diehipster from Porking Parkers says:
Buuuuuhhhhhhh!!!! Errrrrgggggggh!!!!! Neeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Blaaaaargh!!!!!!!! Squeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!! Nananananananananana......
April 29, 2013, 10:28 am
Elvis from Nawcostella says:
This has been a lame bro-bar for the last decade, with a bouncer and a velvet rope out front. Having said that, they probably would STILL want to stab DH in the ass hole.
April 29, 2013, 10:46 am
Elvis from Nawcostella says:
also Ulli Rimkus is a woman so i doubt you even called
April 29, 2013, 10:50 am
Belle from 11211 says:
The opposition will be fierce from the couple of CB1 members that live nearby. They'll roll out the red carpet for any idea if it involves a bike lane or closing streets, or privatizing parks. They'll whine about a bar if it is going in nearby to them.
April 29, 2013, 2:23 pm

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