Samy Mahfar

Vintage Store ‘Round Two’ Breaks Ground on Stanton Street

Posted August 3, 2017 at 5:00 am

There is finally a permanent tenant for the retail space at 113 Stanton Street, a year after longtimer Las Venus was forced from the block. This one is a “secondhand shop” from Los Angeles, by way of Richmond. Indeed, we’re told that streetwear retailer, Round Two, is opening a Lower East Side outpost. It’s their first […]

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Samy Mahfar Sells ‘Jones LES’ Rentals for $62M

Posted July 20, 2017 at 5:06 am

The Jones LES luxury rental building on East Houston officially traded hands last week for a cool $62 million. Final deal price for the 67,600 square-foot rental property is just a tad north of what was reported in June. Controversial landlord Samy Mahfar is laughing all the way to the bank with this transaction. His SMA […]

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‘Analgoue’ Team Proposes ‘Greyhound’ Cocktail Bar on Orchard Street

Posted July 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

The duo behind West Village hotspot Analogue is headed to Hell Square. Jared Gordon and Jesse Wilson are on the Community Board 3 docket this month to impart a new bar on Orchard Street. Where Black Tree/Raw Material previously held court. According to application materials filed with CB3, Greyhound will be a cocktail bar that also […]

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Black Tap LES Opens Today, Further Crowding Congested Ludlow Street

Posted June 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Get ready, Hell Square denizens. Life on Ludlow Street might feel a bit more congested starting in a few hours. Black Tap LES is slated to debut at 177 Ludlow Street later this morning (one day earlier than expected). Last Thursday night was the obligatory “friends and family” launch, and the weekend was reportedly spent […]

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‘Trash and Vaudeville’ Manager Jimmy Webb Spins off New Rock Boutique on Orchard Street

Last modified June 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm

It’s now a rock-and-roll type of block. With the ten-year-old Dressing Room months in the grave, its inevitable replacement at 75 Orchard Street has surfaced. Jimmy Webb, primary buyer for and longtime manager of Trash and Vaudeville, is heading south of the Delancey divide for a new retail concept. The new store is called I […]

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The Lucky Bee Reopens Today After Rent-Related Hiatus

Posted June 8, 2017 at 5:12 am

Perhaps you noticed that the Lucky Bee on Broome Street hasn’t been open the last couple days, and without any notice. Now we know why. The closure was related to rent payment, or rather, the lack thereof. Apparently the team “fell a little behind” on payments and closed. The hiatus was ultimately short-lived, though. We’re […]

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Black Tap will Probably Open its Ludlow Location on June 20

Posted June 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

The paint job is essentially complete, both within and without. And with it, 177 Ludlow Street is almost ready to welcome the mass of humanity to the newest location of Black Tap. On the outside, the official branding is stamped across the storefront marquee, while above, the tenement now boasts alternate black-and-white striping. On the inside, […]

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‘Jones LES’ Luxury Rental Development Sells for $61M

Posted May 25, 2017 at 5:13 am

Exactly one year after it hit the market, the luxury rental complex at 331 East Houston, dubbed “Jones LES,” is under new ownership. The development changed hands for an unbelievable $61 million. Gili Haberberg, an investor who runs Arkar Inc., will shell out $61 million for the 67,600-square-foot elevator building situated between Attorney and Ridge streets. According to […]

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AG Introduces Bill that Would Hold Slumlords Criminally Accountable for Tenant Harassment

Posted May 25, 2017 at 5:11 am

There is finally a bit of momentum in combating slumlords who have made an apparent cottage industry out of tenant harassment. Offenders such as Steve Croman, Dean Galasso, and Samy Mahfar are finally being held accountable, even if the punishments don’t necessarily fit the bill. Yesterday, state attorney general Eric Schneiderman introduced a new bill that […]

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Black Tree Reboot ‘Raw Material’ Evicted from Orchard Street

Posted May 18, 2017 at 5:12 am

For the second time in two years, the Health Department wielded its hammer at 131 Orchard Street. Only this time, for Raw Material (nee Black Tree), it wasn’t a mouse infestation. In an apparent coordinated hit by the Health Department and the State of New York Workers’ Compensation Board, inspectors recently shut down the eight-month-old Raw […]

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