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Here’s What to Expect from the New ‘Black Tap’ on Ludlow Street

Posted August 10, 2016 at 5:11 am

Popular burgers-and-shakes restaurant Black Tap has chosen the Lower East Side for its newest location. As previously reported, ownership settled on 177 Ludlow Street, a building that formerly housed Earthmatters (and 100 Montaditos). Joe Isidori and partner Christopher Barish currently seek a beer-wine license for Black Tap LES. And barring any major catastrophes, it’ll probably happen. […]

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This Testimony Scolding Mahfar’s Re-Zoning Proposal for East Houston is Everything

Posted August 10, 2016 at 5:00 am

Samy Mahfar is pushing hard for rezoning a portion of East Houston to placate personal gain. The proposed two-and-a-half block commercial overlay is seemingly a selfish play to ensure bars or restaurants are permitted in his forthcoming luxury development at 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). As opposed to community services, like the day care centers […]

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City Council Mulling Mahfar’s Controversial East Houston Rezoning Bid After City Planning Approval

Last modified August 8, 2016 at 11:53 am

Samy Mahfar will stop at nothing until his dream of rezoning part of East Houston Street is realized. It’s a selfish play to ensure bars or restaurants are permitted in his forthcoming luxury development at 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). Nothing new, really. Mahfar’s associates twice pitched Community Board 3 to install a commercial […]

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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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