Scene spotlight: Max Fish

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    Vianney Gouny, 27, analyst, East Village
    "We heard Max Fish was gonna close, so we had to come tonight. There's nowhere else to play pinball. That's why we need Max Fish to stay open."

    Augustin De Bayser, 28, art dealer, Paris
    "I love bars with old games like pool, foosball, pinball. Pinball is the best game ever made. I don't know why they made these electronic things."

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    Susan Locht, thirties, creative consultant, East Village
    "I started coming here 'cause I lived around the corner. I see so many more gray-haired people here than any other downtown club I've been to in New York. I like that kind of vibe."

    Tino Razo, 34; bartender; Williamsburg, Brooklyn
    "I've been working here 11 years. I'm one of the newer people. My brother has worked here for 15 years. I met my wife here; she's been working here eight years. We're all pretty much family at this point."

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    A.J. Wilhelm, 35, photographer, Lower East Side
    "I come to the Fish, like, every two weeks. It's best after 2am, when random shit happens. One night in December, Yelawolf the rapper, showed up at 3am and did some songs. It's on YouTube---it will blow your mind."

    Maggie Davolos, 24; development associate at Abraham House (abrahamhouse.org), Bushwick, Brooklyn
    "We're here for good beer and 'cause we thought Max Fish was closing soon, so we wanted to come one last time."

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    Jenni Bowman, 28; stage manager, Brooklyn Heights
    "The jukebox here is really good. There's one album that has a picture of Bill and Hillary Clinton with it. I'm not sure what it is but it's really good."

    Ghan Patel, 28, musician, Seattle
    "It's actually very Missiony. I used to live in the Mission in San Francisco and I feel at home here."

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    Tino Razo, 34, bartender; Williamsburg, Brooklyn
    "It's been different people at different times in here. Once I had a starstruck moment when John McEnroe came in. Eleven years ago was more artists and musicians and funky old LES people."

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Vianney Gouny, 27, analyst, East Village
"We heard Max Fish was gonna close, so we had to come tonight. There's nowhere else to play pinball. That's why we need Max Fish to stay open."

Augustin De Bayser, 28, art dealer, Paris
"I love bars with old games like pool, foosball, pinball. Pinball is the best game ever made. I don't know why they made these electronic things."

When: Jan 24, 2011

The scene: An eleventh-hour one-year lease extension has saved the beloved Lower East Side dive bar, for now. TONY caught up with the diehards at the Fish, on what would have been its last week of operation. 178 Ludlow St between E Houston and Stanton Sts (212-529-3959)

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