143 Ludlow Street


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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102 Norfolk St.

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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Saga at 143 Ludlow: Another Look at Illegal Rooftop Construction

Last modified January 2, 2013 at 6:28 am

For the last few weeks, construction on the illegal rooftop tumor at 143 Ludlow Street has continued unabated.

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Saga at 143 Ludlow: Illegal Rooftop Construction Afoot

Last modified November 28, 2012 at 7:30 am

The surprises keep a-comin’ at 143 Ludlow Street, where some illegal roofwork is currently underway. Drama is most certainly in the air, folks.

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Saga at 143 Ludlow: Converting Apartment Numbers to Erase Rent History

Last modified November 27, 2012 at 7:45 am

143 Ludlow Street is a textbook example of how some landlords try to deregulate buildings for the purposes of luxury conversion.

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