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Looks Like ‘Black Tap’ and its Milkshakes will Try Where Quality Eats Failed on Ludlow Street

Posted July 27, 2016 at 5:00 am

One year into its reign, SoHo-based burger joint, Black Tap, is angling to open a new location on the Lower East Side. Its address of choice for the third outpost has been hotly contested lately – 177 Ludlow Street. Yep, owner Samy Mahfar is again reaching for the realm of foodie chains for his Hell Square […]

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After Years of Harassment, SMA Equities Pimps ‘Penthouse’ Offering at 113 Stanton for $8K

Posted June 29, 2016 at 5:11 am

This is the epilogue of a well-tread story about how rent regulated tenants are exploited for the future value of gentry. Same old shit for the one and only Mr. Samy Mahfar. SMA Equities purchased 113 Stanton Street back in 2014, and spent the ensuing two years renovating the upstairs units and roof. All at […]

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Demolition Begins at Samy Mahfar’s 255 East Houston, 13-Story Residential Building on the Way

Posted June 13, 2016 at 5:14 am

Down comes 255 East Houston. Building owner, and reviled landlord, Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) just commenced demolition activity at the East Houston property. The requisite slate of netting and scaffolding arrived last week, so the end is nigh. Once razed, the mid-block parcel will birth a thirteen-story luxury residential tower. Of course, there’s a […]

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Attorney General Schneiderman Responds to Presentation on How to Evict Rent Stabilized Tenants

Posted June 7, 2016 at 5:12 am

One particular speech from one real estate attorney caused seismic outrage last week. Michelle Itkowitz had spoken at TerraCRG’s “Only Brooklyn” summit about how to best evict rent regulated tenants from buildings. The presentation was called “Tenant Buyouts — The Next Generation.” Timing of the discussion was appropriate, as slumlords around the city are under the microscope for harassment […]

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Bounced Between 2 Slumlords, ‘Las Venus’ Flees the LES After More than 20 Years

Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:00 am

One of the most controversial landlords on the Lower East Side – SMA Equities – finally gets its way at 113 Stanton Street. Vintage furniture shop Las Venus – on the Lower East Side for some two decades – is now gone from the commercial space. Just call it a tale of two terrors. First, with Ben […]

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Chabad LES Hosting Purim Extravaganza on Delancey Tonight

Last modified March 24, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Tis the season of Purim carnivals, and this year, Chabad Lower East Side is going bigger. It’s the Jewish holiday of Purim. For those observing the holiday, the local Chabad is hosting an “extravaganza” at the perenially vacant 104 Delancey Street. Price of admission is $25/$15 (adults/kids). Patrons can listen to the whole Megillah (Esther, […]

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CB3 Chastises Samy Mahfar as Bad Actor in Zoning Change Denial for East Houston Development

Posted March 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Representatives from team Samy Mahfar appeared before the Land-use subcommittee last night to obtain approval for a commercial overlay along a two-and-a-half block stretch of East Houston Street. It was the second time since 2011 that the notorious landowner sought blessings from the advisory body, which would allow ground-level retail use in this residentially zoned area. […]

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More on the ‘Quality Eats’ Offshoot Coming Soon to Hell Square

Posted March 7, 2016 at 5:10 am

No doubt capitalizing on the upscale Ludlow Hotel and its Dirty French food-and-beverage, the Stillman restaurant honchos (i.e. Fourth Wall Restaurants) want in on the action. Especially after the EMM Group basically outbid their concept for 199 Bowery some five years ago. This time, they’re returning to the Lower East Side to impart a second […]

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Samy Mahfar Seeks Commercial Zoning Change for his 13-Story Tower at 255 East Houston Street

Posted February 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

​For the second time since 2011, controversial slumlord Samy Mahfar is seeking a commercial overlay for a two-and-a-half-block parcel of East Houston Street, between Norfolk and Clinton. The reason – commercial uses are not allowed in new developments situated within residential districts. And Mahfar seeks to construct a new mixed-use tumor at 255 East Houston […]

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‘Quality Eats’ Angling for Ludlow Street Expansion at Former 100 Montaditos Space

Posted February 25, 2016 at 4:45 am

When 100 Montaditos went down like a lead balloon after a paltry three months on the block, the franchise owner at 177 Ludlow Street (Mini Hospitality) promised to hold onto the space and return as an “upscale concept.” That never happened, and the real estate remained warehoused as a vacancy by owner Samy Mahfar for over […]

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