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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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It’ll Cost North of $1M to Own a Place Inside Ben Shaoul’s Bereket-Killing Condo

Posted December 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

Ben Shaoul’s new ten-story development at the corner of Orchard and East Houston Streets – which killed off a slew of small businesses (including Bereket) – is still a mud pit fifteen feet below the road bed. Backhoes and other big machinery are busy with earth moving and drilling activities. So, while the reimagined 196 […]

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Beloved Bereket Beheaded by Ben Shaoul Ahead of 10-Story Condo Development

Posted July 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

Demolition is in full swing at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets, where the “Sledgehammer” himself, Ben Shaoul, is to deposit ten stories of luxury condo living. Victimized in this conversion from low- to high-rise were nearly a dozen stand-alone businesses, including a personal favorite. Bereket. Now, exactly one year after serving its last lentil […]

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Ben ‘Sledgehammer’ Shaoul Got Rid of Bereket for This Thing

Last modified February 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Hot off the press. This is a rendering of the new development Ben Shaoul has planned for the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets. You know, the one that killed off Bereket. The illustration arrives at the same time as the demolition permits, and just as the last of the small eateries vacate the […]

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Ben ‘Sledgehammer’ Shaoul Files Permits to Demolish the Corner of East Houston and Orchard

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:40 pm

The process of demolition and development is now accelerating at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets. Tiehama Grocery – a neighborhood bodega on the block for twenty-five years – shuttered last weekend thanks to Ben Shaoul. Two days later, paperwork was submitted to hasten the takedown. Indeed, the controversial landlord is grabbing his […]

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AAA Ichiban Sushi on Orchard Street Closes Ahead of Ben Shaoul Development

Posted October 24, 2014 at 5:25 am

The northeast corner of Orchard and East Houston is slowly giving up the ghost. As we’ve been reporting, controversial landlord Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul purchased the L-shaped low-rise strip and is gradually booting the businesses. We lost Bereket and Philly’s Cheese Steak over the summer; Taqueria will soon move up to St. Mark’s Place and received blessings from […]

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Another Business Prepares to Vacate After Ben Shaoul’s Purchase of East Houston Development Area

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:14 pm

They don’t call him the Sledgehammer for nothing. After all, landlord Ben Shaoul (i.e. Magnum Realty) stops at nothing to gobble up large swaths of the East Village and Lower East Side. His latest conquest – as we first uncovered – is the low-rise stretch of East Houston retail near the corner of Orchard Street. […]

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Ben Shaoul’s Magnum Realty is Confirmed as Buyer of Orchard-Houston Block of Real Estate

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

While the city prepared the mass departure for Labor Day, some big news came to light regarding the imminent development of Orchard and East Houston. Rumors of its fate have been circulating since last year, but chatter is now at fever pitch. First, we learned that Katz’s Deli sold off their valuable air rights. Proprietor […]

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