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AG Schneiderman Settles Civil Suit with Landlord Samy Mahfar for $225K

Last modified August 30, 2017 at 8:27 am

The ongoing civil lawsuit against notorious landlord Samy Mahfar brought by tenants in four of his Lower East Side buildings has reached conclusion. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman settled with the area landlord yesterday for a pittance. He got off easy with a $225K settlement. The three-year period between 2013 and 2016 was a busy one […]

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Purported Negligence Abounds at 100 Norfolk Street Project Site, Affected Neighbors Allege

Last modified April 25, 2017 at 4:31 pm

​When a folding ladder falls from a high-profile project site and dangles from a cable wire outside your windows, something is definitely wrong. Such was the case on Monday afternoon, when said ladder and various “debris” reportedly fell from the iron skeleton of the cantilevered condos at 100 Norfolk Street. A resident of Samy Mahfar’s notorious […]

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

Last modified September 17, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Those following the saga of Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) know that the controversial landlord allegedly 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 […]

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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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‘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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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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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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