Norfolk Street


84-Year-Old Escapes Injury After Ceiling Collapses During Samy Mahfar’s Luxury Conversion of 102 Norfolk

Last modified July 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Here’s the latest dispatch from the 102 Norfolk Street “war zone,” where controversial landowner Samy Mahfar is currently amidst a luxury conversion. We are told that, on Tuesday evening, a large chunk of bathroom ceiling in apartment #1 collapsed. The 84-year-old tenant was inside at the time, and was miraculously unharmed. Renovations in unit #6 […]

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Is This Parking Sign Less Confusing Than the Status Quo?

Posted July 16, 2014 at 9:20 am

Nearly two years ago, the city first began swapping its stock of parking signage with something way simpler. Rollout has been slow downtown, though. The Lower East Side just started receiving within the last six months or so. But not everyone is on board with the new designs. Or any of the previous designs, for […]

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Samy Mahfar’s Luxury Conversion Creates ‘War Zone’ for Tenants of 102 Norfolk Street [PHOTOS]

Posted July 14, 2014 at 5:38 am

Controversial real estate mogul Samy Mahfar (pka SMA Equities) purchased 102 Norfolk Street back in April of this year. It was around this time that we first started hearing chatter about the luxury conversion, and purported efforts to boot all the longtime rent stabilized tenants. It’s nothing new really; he used the same borderline-legal tactics […]

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Site 109 Gallery is Holding a Stoop Sale This Weekend

Posted July 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

It’s not summer in the city without stoop sales, and that’s just what’s happening this weekend. Neighborhood residents are encouraged to swing by and bring their unwanted items to pop-up exhibition space, Site 109 - books, electronics, clothing, knick knacks, and other yard-sale items that could turn from trash to treasure for passersby. The stoop sale will also have summer’s time-honored […]


Report: Samy Mahfar Now Trying to Boot Longtime Tenants of 102 Norfolk Street

Posted July 10, 2014 at 6:11 am

Controversial landlord Samy Mahfar – who sits on the board of the Lower East Side BID – continues to gobble up properties around the neighborhood. His latest acquisition was 102 Norfolk Street in April, for which he paid $11 million. Massey Knakal brokered that deal. Since 102 Norfolk is located directly beside a cantilevered mess of […]

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Dept. of Sanitation is getting involved

Sanitation Now Acting Against Proliferation of Pink Collection Boxes on the LES

Posted July 3, 2014 at 9:50 am

The suspicious pink boxes began popping up around the Lower East Side sometime last weekend. We first noticed Sunday morning, when all of a sudden, the neighborhood was assaulted by a collection bin on nearly every corner. Each carries a stencil with the branding, “Our Neighborhood Recycling.” Now the Department of Sanitation is finally acting. This […]

A suspicious donation box on Norfolk St.

Suspicious Clothing Donation Boxes Surface on the Lower East Side

Last modified July 1, 2014 at 12:48 pm

You may have noticed the rash of rogue drop boxes popping up around the Lower East Side the last few days. In just under an hour, we spotted no less than five pink collection bins (Ludlow, Norfolk, East Broadway, et al). Each donation box is stenciled with “Our Neighborhood Recycling” and “clothes shoes drop.” The […]

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Saro Bistro on Norfolk Is Sold; La Contenta Takes Over

Posted June 5, 2014 at 6:07 am

Many in the neighborhood consider the three-year-old Saro Bistro a jewel of the Lower East Side dining scene. Named for his grandmother, the Balkan-infused restaurant at 102 Norfolk Street was the singular vision of chef-owner Eran Elhalal, who served up comfort food “left by two long lost empires” – Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman. Now, to the […]

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Children’s Magical Garden Advocates on ’24 Hour Garden Watch’ Ahead of Development

Last modified May 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm

The grassroots battle for garden space is heating up big time. All eyes on the Children’s Magical Garden. Advocates of the Children’s Magical Garden are currently on guard duty. Defending the keep from the imminent development at their doorstep. An “emergency press conference” was called for this morning at 7:30am in order to announce the […]

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DOB Approves Permits for 6-Story Residential Building on Children’s Magical Garden

Last modified April 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

It obviously didn’t matter that a lawsuit is currently underway against the Horizon Group. The deep-pocketed developer (also behind 100 Norfolk site) is moving forward with the plan to drop a six-story building beside the beleaguered Children’s Magical Garden. And the DOB is apparently on board. The city agency approved construction permits and zoning documents […]

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