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Kottu House will Start Serving Sri Lankan Food on Broome Street Tomorrow

Posted March 13, 2015 at 5:10 am

Teaser paper has been in the windows of 250 Broome Street for months, advertising the forthcoming arrival of Kottu House. Now, with new retractable awning in place, the proper unveiling is finally afoot. Tomorrow is opening day, and they promise to put the neighborhood in a “food coma.” As reported in October, Kottu House is […]

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Report: 100 Montaditos Files for Bankruptcy, NYC Expansion Halted

Posted March 9, 2015 at 5:12 am

Suddenly the epic failure of 100 Montaditos on Ludlow Street back in December now makes more sense. Reports surfaced last week that the corporate parent of stateside operations went belly up, and is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida courts. The legal proceedings put a halt to the aggressive expansion plans the Spanish-based […]

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Mahfar Tenants at 113 Stanton Street Sue SMA Equities for Toxic Lead Levels 200 Times Legal Limit (Plus Asbestos)

Posted March 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

Oh, shit. Here we go again. For the second time in the last few years, battle-hardened tenants of an SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) property on the Lower East Side are taking legal action. Those dwelling in 113 Stanton Street filed a lawsuit against the controversial landlord in New York City Housing Court on February […]

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City and State Join Forces to Combat Landlords Who Harass Rent Stabilized Tenants

Posted February 20, 2015 at 9:21 am

It’s about time. The powers-that-be are finally beginning to take notice and address the very serious matter of the city’s worst landlords. You know, the Mahfars, Cromans, Shaouls, Singers, Kushners, and Misrahis of the world. These men represent an undercurrent of greed, and are allegedly responsible for some heinous harassment of tenants. And now the […]

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With Tundra Temps, One Orchard Street Resident Battles Misrahi Over Lack of Heat

Last modified February 4, 2015 at 7:51 am

We received the following communique yesterday from Billy Taylor, a resident of 166 Orchard Street. Apparently, the heating for his apartment keeps cutting out, and he’s been battling landlord (Aaron Smilowitz) and management (Misrahi Realty) to have it restored. Maybe this type of BS will stop with all of Sheldon Silver’s cronies being exposed – […]

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An Open Letter from the Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance to SMA Equities [Op-Ed]

Posted February 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance is saddened to see that SMA Equities (i.e. Samy Mahfar), which has severely disrupted our lives, has once again tried to cloak their activities as “improvements.” We believe that they have denied leases to long-term tenants, disrupted basic services at unheard of levels, exposed some tenants to potentially toxic lead dust, and broken […]

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Weekend Construction Continues at 100 Norfolk Without After-Hours Variance

Posted January 26, 2015 at 5:12 am

Lawlessness seems to thrive these days at the corner of Norfolk and Delancey Streets. On one hand, you’ve got controversial landlord Samy Mahfar who is converting #102 to luxury and already exposed tenants to toxic levels of lead dust; right next door at #100 is the 12-story cantilevered condo project by Adam America which commissions […]

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La Contenta Opening in the Old Saro Bistro Space Next Month

Posted January 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

While residents grapple with the terrors of living under the thumb of Samy Mahfar, a new restaurant is opening in the commercial space of 102 Norfolk Street. As previously reported, a 14-seat Mexican joint called La Contenta Cocina de Barrio has taken the reins from Saro Bistro, which closed in April 2014 after a solid […]

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Samy Mahfar Attempts Buyout of Family Whose Son was Hospitalized from Toxic Lead Exposure at 210 Rivington Street

Posted January 13, 2015 at 9:28 am

The nascent Mahfar Tenants Coaltion definitely has momentum on its side in fighting the controversial landlord. Samy Mahfar and his SMA Equities remain on the warpath of snapping up Lower East Side tenements, and converting to luxury at the expense of tenants. The struggle in recent months was sparked at 102 Norfolk Street, but quickly […]

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Illegal Work and Looming Con Edison Service Termination Worries Mahfar Tenants of 113 Stanton

Posted January 9, 2015 at 5:21 am

It doesn’t matter that Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) seems poised to let Con Edison service lapse during this bone-chilling cold spell. It also doesn’t matter that SMA sent a notice to 113 Stanton Street that the boiler and water will be shut for “more work.” Nor does it matter that said renovations, which just […]

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