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Angel Orensanz Center Reopens After a Year-Long Closure Due to Structural Instability

Posted April 20, 2015 at 5:10 am

In retrospect, that two-week comeback timeline quoted for the Angel Orensanz Center was really three months. The headquarters at 172 Norfolk Street – built in 1849 – has finally reopened after a year-long closure due to structural instability. Yesterday afternoon, the gates were open, the sanctuary filled with people. Apparently there was some sort of memorial service […]

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Apparently There is ‘Little Worth Preserving’ on the Lower East Side

Posted March 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

This is the story of a big shot carpetbagger coming to the Lower East Side to build out of context cantilevered condos at 100 Norfolk Street. A report filed last week in the pages of Luxury Listings NYC features a tour of the Lower East Side with ODA Architecture founder and executive director Eran Chen. […]

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Weekend Construction Continues at 100 Norfolk Without After-Hours Variance

Posted January 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

Lawlessness seems to thrive these days at the corner of Norfolk and Delancey Streets. On one hand, you’ve got controversial landlord Samy Mahfar who is converting #102 to luxury and already exposed tenants to toxic levels of lead dust; right next door at #100 is the 12-story cantilevered condo project by Adam America which commissions […]

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La Contenta Opening in the Old Saro Bistro Space Next Month

Posted January 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

While residents grapple with the terrors of living under the thumb of Samy Mahfar, a new restaurant is opening in the commercial space of 102 Norfolk Street. As previously reported, a 14-seat Mexican joint called La Contenta Cocina de Barrio has taken the reins from Saro Bistro, which closed in April 2014 after a solid […]

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Reader Report: Sunday Work at 100 Norfolk Without After-Hours Variance

Posted January 19, 2015 at 5:16 am

It seems that construction work related to 100 Norfolk is again running afoul of the Department of Buildings. An upset reader informed us yesterday that a team of contractors blocked off the street north of Delancey and spent the better part of the day jackhammering for sewer related work. Despite the deluge. According to DOB […]

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Angel Orensanz Center on Norfolk Street Should Reopen in Two Weeks

Posted January 9, 2015 at 5:10 am

The Angel Orensanz Foundation at 172 Norfolk Street – built in 1849 – will probably reopen in roughly two weeks, a source familiar with the situation alleges. You’ll recall that it’s been nearly a year since Angel Orensanz closed its doors, albeit temporarily. The historic synagogue-cum-catering hall fell victim to its own historic architecture last […]

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DOB Set to Revoke Renovation Permit at Mahfar’s 102 Norfolk Street

Last modified January 5, 2015 at 11:17 am

Bad news is seemingly snowballing for controversial landlord Samy Mahfar. The tenant rebellion continues… Residents last month protested the deplorable quality-of-life at two of his Lower East Side buildings – 102 Norfolk and 210 Rivington – by staging a highly-publicized press conference. Goal of the assembly (which caught Mahfar off guard) was to spotlight the […]

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Bully the Bully: Taking a Step Back at Samy Mahfar’s 102 Norfolk Street [OP-ED]

Posted December 12, 2014 at 5:01 am

We broke news earlier this week that several tenants living in Samy Mahfar-owned buildings around the Lower East Side organized an association (“Mahfar Tenants Coaltion”) to help combat the controversial landlord’s terrible track record of harassment. Their focus for the moment is on the toxic lead levels at 102 Norfolk and 210 Rivington Streets earlier this year. […]

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Rosie Mendez Goes ‘Lower East Side Nuclear’ on Samy Mahfar Stooge at Opposition Rally Yesterday [VIDEO]

Last modified December 11, 2014 at 7:51 am

Fed up with the harassment and constant “war zone” conditions during luxury upgrades, a coalition of tenants in Samy Mahfar properties assembled yesterday afternoon for an impromptu rally of opposition. The Mahfar Tenants Coalition was joined by local electeds to shine a light on the toxic lead levels at both 102 Norfolk and 210 Rivington […]

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‘Mahfar Tenants Coalition’ Holding Impromptu Press Conference Today About Toxic Living Conditions at Mahfar Properties

Posted December 10, 2014 at 5:00 am

Fed-up tenants from a collection of Samy Mahfar-owned buildings have organized to fight back. Right under his nose. Two months in the making, the Mahfar Tenants Coalition is a nascent grassroots group aimed at combating the controversial (nay, hated) landlord and his purportedly illegal tenant harassment tactics. And unsafe living conditions. We are told that […]

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