143 Ludlow Street

Ski Jump. Park City, Utah, USA, February 2002. Photo: ©David Burnett.

See David Burnett’s ‘Man Without Gravity’ Exhibit at Anastasia Photo

Posted July 14, 2016 at 9:36 am

Forget for a moment about the scandal-ridden upcoming Rio Olympics. Back at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, a lot of attendees and especially the press noticed a man who was running around lugging an odd camera. A very large odd camera. This was no ordinary man, and no ordinary camera. David Burnett, legendary photographer […]

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Inside 102 Norfolk during Samy Mahfar's luxury conversion, July 2014

City Council Passes New Bill Requiring Landlords to Provide Advance Notice to Tenants of Any Repair Work

Last modified June 2, 2015 at 8:34 am

It’s pretty crazy, but as the law currently stands, landlords in New York City aren’t required to provide prior notice to tenants ahead of repair activity. That means notorious building owners like Samy Mahfar, Steve Croman, Ben Shaoul, and the like can easily harass residents without warning. We’ve seen these predatory slumlords around the Lower […]

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Anastasia Photo is Relocating Around the Corner to 143 Ludlow Street 

Posted June 1, 2015 at 9:22 am

One gallery stalwart on upper Orchard Street is gearing up for a change in scenery. Anastasia Photo, exhibiting photography on the block for years, is relocating around the corner to 143 Ludlow Street. The move was just announced on Facebook and (in real life) with a small computer printout at the new Hell Square location. […]

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Glass Pipe Purveyors ‘1Percent’ Opening Pop-Up Gallery at 143 Ludlow Street

Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:30 am

Put this in your pipe and smoke it… The Miami-based Sammer Gallery at 143 Ludlow Street – “dedicated to the promotion of Latin American Constructivism and concrete art” – quietly faded in recent weeks. Token tombstone signage of the Misrahi Realty variety resides above the floor-to-ceiling window glass. The showroom lasted roughly six months at this […]

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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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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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Sammer Gallery Opens Showroom at 143 Ludlow Street

Posted May 28, 2014 at 6:08 am

Now that the retail units in 143 Ludlow Street are sufficiently upgraded to luxury level, it’s time to fill the space. At least temporarily. As of yesterday afternoon, the north storefront at 143 Ludlow – which at one point housed Lindsay Thornburg’s boutique – is now a pop-up showroom for the Miami-based Sammer Gallery. They are […]

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Questioning the Rent History at 143 Ludlow; 2 More Longtime Tenants Evicted

Posted April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am

That slap on the wrist naturally didn’t do much to deter the illegal luxury conversion at 143 Ludlow Street. You’ll recall that building owner (and Lower East Side BID board member) Samy Mahfar, amongst other alleged transgressions, constructed a rooftop addition against city code. His actions were widely reported in the hyperlocal media. The now-seven-story […]

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Dimes Debuts Today at 143 Division Street

Posted September 9, 2013 at 6:00 am

The months-long buildout is now complete. Dimes debuts today at 143 Division Street, right at the merge with Canal. You’ll now have access to all-day breakfast options like eggs and yogurts, cold press juices, and other standard cafe fare. Barely out of the gate, though, and the smallish cafe is already seeking approval for a […]

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Tenants at 143 Ludlow Sue Samy Mahfar; Illegal Rooftop Still Happening

Posted March 7, 2013 at 6:19 am

The eight remaining rent-stabilized residents in the building organized, and are now suing developer Samy Mahfar for hazardous living conditions.

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