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Rumor: Samy Mahfar Sells 210 Rivington Street to the Notorious Ariel Soudry

Posted April 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

Samy Mahfar and his SMA Equities management company already did enough damage at 210 Rivington Street. Time to move on, it seems. Word on the street is that the controversial landlord just sold off the corner property. As in last week. No cause for celebration, though. The alleged buyer, we are told, is no better […]

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Rejuvenated Miller’s Near & Far Reopens Saturday After 2 Months of Renovations

Last modified April 9, 2015 at 11:06 am

Making ends meet at the corner of Rivington and Allen is certainly a struggle. Just look to Miller’s Near & Far, which closed at the beginning of January for a retooling. The New American-style establishment first opened in May of 2013, and required an update. Eponymous owner Chris Miller spent the last few months tweaking the […]

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Elmo Restaurant Owner Angling to Open ‘Healthy’ Eatery at Hexed 71 Clinton Street

Posted April 6, 2015 at 5:18 am

Hexed and water-logged, the corner store of 160-162 Rivington Street (aka 71 Clinton) remains a tough sell. Bad luck is just woven into its DNA. The previous occupant – San Marzano Pizza – fell victim to a burst water pipe and fled the Lower East Side. It subsequently relocated to 117 Second Avenue. That happened […]

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Faulty Boiler in 106 Rivington Cellar Has Neighbors Worried

Last modified March 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm

The controversial commercial unit at 106 Rivington Street – an address that lives in infamy – is again in the news. And this time for something way more serious than a liquor license. Especially given the tragic gas-related explosion up on Second Avenue yesterday afternoon. We are told that emergency personnel responded to 106 Rivington […]

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Green Fingers Plant Shop Relocates to Rivington Street 

Posted March 17, 2015 at 5:17 am

The Spiritual America boutique threw in the towel back in December, just a month shy of its third anniversary on Rivington Street. Now something arguably more spiritual is moving in. A retail refugee from the East Village, at that. Green Fingers – the two-year-old botanical studio on East First Street – recently concluded its two-year […]

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Art Lounge Debuts at 174 Rivington Street, Replacing Red Velvet

Posted March 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

There is a new art-themed bar that soft-launched at 174 Rivington Street this week, thereby replacing Red Velvet. The newcomer took the address as its namesake. 174 Rivington Bar – opened by Luca Carucci and Joseph Peraino – is filling the shoes of a problem predecessor. Red Velvet previously held court here for nearly five […]

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City and State Join Forces to Combat Landlords Who Harass Rent Stabilized Tenants

Posted February 20, 2015 at 9:21 am

It’s about time. The powers-that-be are finally beginning to take notice and address the very serious matter of the city’s worst landlords. You know, the Mahfars, Cromans, Shaouls, Singers, Kushners, and Misrahis of the world. These men represent an undercurrent of greed, and are allegedly responsible for some heinous harassment of tenants. And now the […]

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The Founder of Economy Candy Died Yesterday at the Age of 97

Posted February 7, 2015 at 7:53 am

Some sour news for the sweet tooth set. Morris “Moishe” Cohen, who founded the historic Economy Candy nearly eighty years ago, passed yesterday morning. He was 97-years-old. Cause of death is unknown at the moment. “It is with great sadness and fond memories that we share with the Economy Candy family that we lost Morris […]

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An Open Letter from the Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance to SMA Equities [Op-Ed]

Posted February 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance is saddened to see that SMA Equities (i.e. Samy Mahfar), which has severely disrupted our lives, has once again tried to cloak their activities as “improvements.” We believe that they have denied leases to long-term tenants, disrupted basic services at unheard of levels, exposed some tenants to potentially toxic lead dust, and broken […]

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Documentary About Streit’s Matzo Scores Festival Run Just Before the Lower East Side Departure

Posted January 30, 2015 at 10:18 am

The Streit’s Matzo factory only has a few months left on the Lower East Side, the neighborhood it called home for ninety years. After Passover – concluding April 11 – it’s all she wrote. In the end, it was filmmaker Michael Levine and producer Michael Green who chronicled the final years of the matzo-makers at […]

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