Norfolk Street


Judge Denies Developers’ Motion to Dismiss in Children’s Magical Garden Lawsuit

Posted November 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

​There’s some positive pre-holiday news coming from the Children’s Magical Garden. The ongoing lawsuit against developers regarding a third of the parkland – first levied last year – is moving forward. A motion to dismiss by the defendant was denied. First, though, a quick recap of the situation on the ground. Since 1985, the Children’s […]

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Essex Crossing Forward Base is Established on Norfolk Street

Posted October 13, 2015 at 5:17 am

The forward communications base for Essex Crossing is now up and running on Norfolk Street. As previously reported, the Lower East Side BID “donated” several of its parking spaces in Site 3 so that the developers could maintain offices near all the action. (This parcel is not part of Phase I development.) The new command […]

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Inside 102 Norfolk, July 2014

When Landlords Skirt the Law and Claim Buildings are Vacant Despite Tenants

Posted September 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

In a city rife with gentrification and the displacement it foments, greedy landlords pretty much always take advantage of the system. Especially on the Lower East Side, where shady characters like Steve Croman, Samy Mahfar, and Ben Shaoul consistently convert low-income apartment buildings to luxury. One of the most prevalent tactics employed in doing so […]

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Samy Mahfar and wife

City Passes Bills Targeting Landlords Who Harass Rent-Regulated Tenants

Posted August 17, 2015 at 10:28 am

Here on the Lower East Side, tenant harassment is rampant. In gold-rush neighborhoods like ours, speculators try their hardest to squeeze every penny out of rent-stabilized buildings by offering buyouts and illegally jacking the rent. The city is finally taking notice, and now, action. As of last week, the playbook of tactics most often employed […]

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Shakespeare in the Parking Lot rehearsal, July 2015

‘Shakespeare in the Parking Lot’ Debuts Thursday with New Venue at the CSV Center

Posted July 7, 2015 at 5:10 am

If Essex Crossing is the greedy landlord, then “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot” could be considered the harassed rent regulated tenant. The long-running troupe – the Drilling Company – spent twenty seasons entertaining locals in the former municipal car park at Ludlow and Broome Streets. That run ended with a performance of Othello last August, […]

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After Hours Work Continues Unchecked at 100 Norfolk without Proper Permits

Posted June 8, 2015 at 5:17 am

Looks like all those weekends working without proper after-hours variances has paid off for the ODA-designed 100 Norfolk Street. And continues to pay off, all at the expense of embattled neighbors. That ugly-ass cantilevered condo building ascending is finally starting to show real signs of life. Yes, it’s allliiivvvee. The first few pylons protruded above […]

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102 Norfolk St., July 2014

DOH Implements New Lead Dust Procedures in Response to Mahfar Tenant Harassment

Last modified May 26, 2015 at 7:48 am

Those following the saga of Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) know that the controversial landlord subjected tenants to hazardous lead levels in at least two of his many Lower East Side Holdings. For instance, tests conducted by the Department of Health concluded that 102 Norfolk Street boasted 2,900 times the legal limit. The scary exposure became […]

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Rumor: Samy Mahfar Shopping Around 102 Norfolk, Tenants Respond with Warnings to Suitors

Last modified May 11, 2015 at 8:42 am

The negative press, lawsuits, and coalition of organized tenants reportedly has SMA Equities on the run. Word on the street is that the company is trying to sell off the more “problematic” Lower East Side holdings. This intel would make sense given that Samy Mahfar already sold 210 Rivington Street to the Notorious Soudry family […]

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102 Norfolk St.

‘Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force’ Raids Samy Mahfar Properties on the LES

Last modified May 8, 2015 at 10:42 am

That newfangled Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force first announced last year finally got its shit together, and is reportedly on the offensive against SMA Equities. The alphabet soup of city agencies (DOB, FDNY, HPD, etc.) coordinated a “raid” against several Samy Mahfar-owned buildings on the Lower East Side on Wednesday afternoon, we are told. One tenant tells […]

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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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