Saga at 143 Ludlow: Illegal Rooftop Construction Afoot

Posted on: November 28th, 2012 at 6:05 am by

The surprises keep a-comin’ at 143 Ludlow Street, where some illegal roofwork is currently underway. Drama is most certainly in the air, folks.

Luxury condo conversion activity at 143 Ludlow has been rather suspicious ever since Samy Mahfar purchased the six-story tenement building last summer. Aside from address tomfoolery aimed to deregulate apartments, ceilings have collapsed, plumbing exploded, and asbestos negligently cleaned. Add to that the advent of an illegal rooftop addition that runs the perimeter.

As of publication, no DOB permits exist for any sort of activity atop 143 Ludlow. All paperwork in the system is for ongoing renovation of units within the building proper. What we’ve seen, however, is near round-the-clock work up there (i.e. welding past 8pm); it’s visible from street level, too. The true purpose thus far is unclear, but possible outcomes could include a seventh story, roof deck, or housing for air conditioner apparatus.

This is absolutely illegal; here’s hoping the DOB finally intervenes in this situation. We are told holdout tenants are at wit’s end.

Bonus: numerous readers also point out that Mr. Mahfar is on the board of the Lower East Side BID.

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  • jaysora

    This building cannot be one inch higher or wider according to zoning. Explains why they circumvented the DOB to get the first of 3 feet higher. This is how how building get done In the Middle East.

  • jay

  • jay

  • jay

    corrupt NYC DOB Officer responding to 143 Ludlow and doing nothing.

  • jay

    corrupt NYC DOB Officer responding to 143 Ludlow and doing nothing.

  • jay

    corrupt NYC DOB Officer responding to 143 Ludlow and doing nothing.

  • jay

    corrupt NYC DOB Officer ron the take with building developer Samy Mahfar.href=”http://photobucket.com” target=”_blank”>

  • hubs

  • hubs

    • jay

      these guys have been transferred to 177 Ludlow to shore up things there. What a great use of city payroll.

  • StopLying

    Jay and Bowery Boogie are losers. Enough said.

    • http://www.boweryboogie.com/ Dave Gustav

      Thank you for your wisdom and topical relevancy.

  • M Moore

    The owners, who are of Iranian origin, have declared a holy war on it’s occupants who wish to remain.

    • Sun Din

      Robert needs to re-wax his eyebrows. They are getting bushy. Like his dads, Michel Pimienta.