Saga at 143 Ludlow: Boutique Shutters, Residents Without Heat

Posted on: November 13th, 2012 at 6:18 am by

Much like living conditions upstairs, both storefronts at 143 Ludlow Street are in complete shambles. Funini folded over the summer; the ill-fated boutique called “143” itself failed within the last couple weeks. Both are part of this year’s tally of quickie closures.

143 featured threads from Lindsey Thornburg, Chrissie Miller, and Some Odd Rubies. The boutique quietly disappeared leaving demo crews to clear house. Word on the street is that rents were jacked by the new landlord, Samy Mahfar. The ever-increasing cost of doing business here explains the flight of shoppers to Williamsburg.

In a twist of irony, though, Thornburg and Some Odd Rubies relocated to 151 Ludlow, the south storefront of which once housed the latter. It’s a pop-up arrangement.

Meanwhile, drama in the residential component of 143 is on the upswing. We hear word that, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the gas was reportedly disconnected inside the building while radiators and risers were removed. Translation = no heat. The remaining tenants had to have something, so landlords installed a heat loop and its related plumbing. Only problem is that the system doesn’t get hot enough and tenants are freezing their asses off.

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  • Concerned resident

    Samy Mahfar is a voting member of the LES BID. How about residents complaining about his treatment of LES tenants to the head fo the BID?

    • Sally

      here here!

      • sally

        Rents were not raised becasue they thought they were deserved – rather to guarantee tenants leaves so a bunch of illegal work can happen in the basement without interruption.