Samy Mahfar


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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‘Round K’ Cafe Opens at Samy Mahfar’s 99 Allen Street

Posted June 26, 2015 at 10:26 am

Allen and Delancey is changing again. Samy Mahfar purchased 99 Allen Street from Heaven Way Buddha Church in September 2013 for $4.4 million. After two years of renovations, including a jet black makeover, the storefronts are finally stocked. And like all of the other properties in the SMA Equities roster, the exterior carries that same […]

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Landlord Daniel Melamed was arrested for harassing tenants

‘Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force’ Collars First Slumlord for Endangering Rent Regulated Tenants

Posted June 18, 2015 at 5:10 am

Are tenants finally getting a leg up on landlords with a penchant for harassment? It’s possible. Four months after its press-friendly debut, the much-ballyhooed Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force collared its first slumlord. No, it’s not Samy Mahfar or Ben Shaoul, but a building owner in Crown Heights. Charges were brought against Daniel Melamed for […]

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Anastasia Photo is Relocating Around the Corner to 143 Ludlow Street 

Posted June 1, 2015 at 9:22 am

One gallery stalwart on upper Orchard Street is gearing up for a change in scenery. Anastasia Photo, exhibiting photography on the block for years, is relocating around the corner to 143 Ludlow Street. The move was just announced on Facebook and (in real life) with a small computer printout at the new Hell Square location. […]

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102 Norfolk St., July 2014

DOH Implements New Lead Dust Procedures in Response to Mahfar Tenant Harassment

Last modified May 26, 2015 at 7:48 am

Those following the saga of Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) know that the controversial landlord subjected tenants to hazardous lead levels in at least two of his many Lower East Side Holdings. For instance, tests conducted by the Department of Health concluded that 102 Norfolk Street boasted 2,900 times the legal limit. The scary exposure became […]

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