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.

Recent Stories

Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Gets a Tribute on Ludlow Street

Late Linkin Park leadman is now memorialized on the Lower East Side. Barely one month after Chester Bennington committed suicide at 41, an unknown fan stuck his image onto the facade of 159 Ludlow Street (aka 101 Stanton). The distinctive photo is itself framed by a television set and stands apart from the collage of […]

’80s Concept Bar ‘GB85’ on Rivington Street is for Sale

The 1980s-themed bar GB85 on Rivington Street is not long for the neighborhood. As next of kin for Stay Classy New York, the small concept spot is now listed for sale. Tower Brokerage was retained to represent the seller. According to the real estate listing making the rounds, the 1,300 square-foot (plus basement) space is […]

‘Factory Tamal’ Reopens in New Ludlow Street Location

Factory Tamal is now up and running in its new Lower East Side location. The tiny dispensary relocated yesterday around the corner to 34 Ludlow Street. The move comes at an unusual time, as the business just debuted five months ago. We were told by ownership that the change in scenery is due to a […]

Inside Schiller’s Liquor Bar While it’s Emptied Out [PHOTOS]

The bright yellow neons of 131 Rivington Street are now indellibly dark. Schiller’s Liquor Bar, which ended service Sunday night after fourteen years on the block, has turned out the lights. So, for the foreseeable future, load-out is in full effect. Contractors are currently dismantling and removing the remaining booze, furnishings, and kitchen equipment from […]

Uneven Ground: Is there a CB3 Double Standard Regarding Chinatown Restaurants? [OP-ED]

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist, and Community Board 3 member Karlin Chan. As a member of Community Board 3, but primarily as a Chinatown resident, activist, and advocate, I cannot keep silent any further. It is disturbing to see CB3 apply different sets of rules when it comes to the SLA subcommittee’s […]

  • 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.