Ben Shaoul

Ben Shaoul’s Condo Development at 196 Orchard Street Reaches 8-Story Height

Posted August 1, 2017 at 5:03 am

Since this past spring, the new condo development by hated landlord Ben Shaoul has made steady progress. Nothing is stopping this ascent. The superstructure of 196 Orchard Street is already at approximately eight stories, and still has about three to go. The so-called “Sledgehammer,” Ben Shaoul, scooped up this block of East Houston for $75 […]

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Former LES American Apparel Becomes Equinox Showroom for Ben Shaoul Condos

Posted July 5, 2017 at 5:04 am

The former American Apparel on Orchard Street (at East Houston) has been sitting vacant, and well lit, for almost two years. It closed down in October 2015 after more than a decade in business; a watershed moment for Lower East Side gentrification trends. Several brokerage houses tried to secure a commercial tenant for the warehoused locale […]

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Here’s a Recap from that Deplorable ‘LES is More’ Developers Summit Yesterday

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:42 pm

Yesterday morning, movers and shakers (nay, demolishers) in the real estate industry met to discuss the future of the Lower East Side vis-a-vis Donald Trump. Like a Pinky & the Brain segment, the summit was seemingly an opportunity to plot the future of how to dominate a neighborhood already suffering attack from all sides. The event, […]

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Ben Shaoul Opens Sales Office for 196 Orchard Condos Inside the Orchard Hell Building

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Ben Shaoul and the Orchard Hell Building are now bedfellows. So to speak. It’s a match that makes sense. The so-called Sledgehammer chose one of the seemingly un-leasable ground-level commercial spaces as a sales office. A retail front to sell the new ten-story luxury development ascending at 196 Orchard. Teaser signage had promised as much […]

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Have a Look Inside the Orchard Street Condos that Killed Bereket

Posted July 20, 2016 at 5:15 am

Ruin your morning with these images of Ben Shaoul’s new Orchard Street development. The ten-story building is well on its way toward ascension. Lots of steel and a deep pit. Until now, there was only one rendering. Take a look around at the condos that killed Bereket and a handful of other local businesses. As […]

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Ben Shaoul’s Orchard Street Condo Complex Begins 10-Story Ascent

Posted June 6, 2016 at 5:13 am

With sledgehammer shelved, so to speak, the erector set is on its way to assembly. No more pit status for the 196 Orchard project site. The first few major building blocks are firmly in place at the forthcoming ten-story condo compound from controversial landlord Ben Shaoul. For the last several days, upper Orchard Street has […]

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More About that 3-Level Equinox Gym Coming to Ben Shaoul’s Orchard Street Development

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

It’s old news that developer-landlord Ben Shaoul attracted Equinox gym to his new ten-story condo project beside Katz’s Deli. But it’s not yet a done deal. More red tape. The city, vis-a-vis the Board of Standards and Appeals, must first approve a special permit to operate a “physical culture establishment” under current zoning restrictions [PDF]. […]

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That Time a Sniper Murdered a Shopkeeper on Orchard Street [HISTORY]

Posted March 31, 2016 at 5:13 am

As controversial owner-developer Ben Shaoul constructs his ten-story condo-plex at 196 Orchard Street, we thought it fitting to exhume some of the criminal history behind this high-profile Lower East Side corner. It was April 1934, and Mrs. Yetta Einhorn, 40, was standing in the doorway of her husband’s “cut-rate” bread shop at 198 Orchard Street. She had […]

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Leather Gallery NY Disappears as Battered Upper Orchard Street Becomes Super Luxury

Posted February 24, 2016 at 5:18 am

​The window lettering at 190 Orchard Street first announced its closure back in December. “Closing this location, everything must go,” it read. However, the Leather Gallery NY nevertheless limped along until finally closing its doors for good this month. No fanfare, no letters to the community, just another vacant storefront on a block besieged by […]

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Katz’s Deli Ghost Signage Uncovered During Ben Shaoul Demolition

Last modified February 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Katz’s Deli is the proverbial last man standing on the block, but not for long. For Ben Shaoul, more dominoes needed to fall before his new Hell Square development rises to its twelve-floor zenith. The two remaining single-story structures (the old Lobster Joint and Tim Horton’s) were dismantled this week after months of stop-and-go debris removal, […]

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