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Negligence Abounds at 100 Norfolk Street Project Site, Affected Neighbors Allege

Posted January 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

​When a folding ladder falls from a high-profile project site and dangles from a cable wire outside your windows, something is definitely wrong. Such was the case on Monday afternoon, when said ladder and various “debris” reportedly fell from the iron skeleton of the cantilevered condos at 100 Norfolk Street. A resident of Samy Mahfar’s notorious […]

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The Lucky Bee to Begin Broome Street Service on Thursday

Posted January 19, 2016 at 5:17 am

The pollination of 252 Broome Street begins this week. Jin Sushi is in the rearview, and the Lucky Bee is buzzing. (Okay, enough of that.) The handwriting is on the new vestibule windows, announcing the opening date to the public as this Thursday, 5:30pm. With former Fat Radish chef Matty Bennett and partner Rupert Noffs now […]

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Samy Mahfar Gets the Green Light for 10-Story Residential Building on East Houston Street

Posted December 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Action for Progress is getting some. At least that’s what hated landlord/developer Samy Mahfar would have you believe. The Department of Buildings finally issued approval, albeit partial, last week for Mahfar’s new ten-story residential tumor on the L-shaped parcel of 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). Plans have changed slightly since the news first broke, though. Once […]

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The Lucky Bee to Open on Broome Street the First Week of January

Posted December 15, 2015 at 5:19 am

The Lucky Bee is buzzing Broome Street. Opening is imminent. You’ll recall that an exhorbitant rent hike forced sushi stalwart Jin Sushi to close its restaurant at 252 Broome Street over the summer. The increase – Samy Mahfar is landlord – ended a successful ten-year run for the business. (Don’t believe the imposter a few […]

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DelShah Repositions 130 Orchard Street as ‘The Beckenstein’ After $28M Purchase

Posted October 7, 2015 at 5:14 am

The address 130 Orchard Street doesn’t exist anymore. At least not in the eyes of brokers hell-bent on selling all corners of the Lower East Side to the highest bidder. It’s now forever known as the predictable, The Beckenstein, an obvious homage to its roots as a textile factory. (Unclear if permission was obtained from […]

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‘Spirit Halloween’ Store Opening Soon at Former Chase Bank on Delancey Street

Posted September 8, 2015 at 5:19 am

It’s that time of season again. No, not back to school. Rather, the torrent of Halloween costume shops popping up around town. Much like last fall, the former Chase Bank branch at 104 Delancey Street is is on the way to becoming a “Spirit Halloween” store. This time around, though, it’s not a Ricky’s branded outlet. 104 […]

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With Jin Out, the Lucky Bee Begins Renovations

Posted August 25, 2015 at 9:25 am

It’s done. Jin Sushi ended its fortuitous ten-year residency on Broome Street last week. When news first broke this past spring, we understood that ownership “opted” not to renew and that “the time had come” to conclude operations. Not so, apparently. The sushi stalwart, on the block for a decade, was reportedly felled by an exorbitant […]

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Samy Mahfar Files Plans for 10-Story Building at Long-Vacant 255 East Houston Street

Posted August 19, 2015 at 5:10 am

The crumbling 255 East Houston has been vacant ever since construction on the adjacent development destabilized the structure. Ultimately, the activity next door resulted in the departure of the Action for Progress school in 2010. In the ensuing years, owner Samy Mahfar tried – and failed – to unload this property. There had been numerous […]

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City Passes Bills Targeting Landlords Who Harass Rent-Regulated Tenants

Posted August 17, 2015 at 10:28 am

Here on the Lower East Side, tenant harassment is rampant. In gold-rush neighborhoods like ours, speculators try their hardest to squeeze every penny out of rent-stabilized buildings by offering buyouts and illegally jacking the rent. The city is finally taking notice, and now, action. As of last week, the playbook of tactics most often employed […]

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Jin Sushi Closes Forever After Service on Saturday; Lucky Bee on Deck

Posted August 13, 2015 at 5:18 am

One of the more popular Lower East Side restaurants, Jin Sushi, officially closes for good on Saturday. Three more days. A sandwich board outside the establishment displays the countdown. Its departure was expected, yet no less upsetting to longtime fans and, of course, the owners and employees. When news first broke this past spring, we […]

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