Samy Mahfar

100-montaditos-2

100 Montaditos is Still Happening at the Former EarthMatters Store on Ludlow Street

Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

100 Montaditos is still happening in Hell Square, but taking its sweet ass time. For the first time since June 2013, the entrance of 177 Ludlow Street is again covered by a plywood shed. The new lumber arrived last month with some new teaser signage. We also sniped a glimpse of the interior. It was […]

Filed Under

rivington-pitt-plywood

Neighbors Fear a 7-Eleven Might Happen at the Corner of Rivington and Pitt

Last modified July 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

Put your guard up. Rumor has it that 7-Eleven might be coming to the eastern terminus of Rivington Street. A concerned reader emailed us this weekend, explaining that construction work is currently underway in the commercial space at the corner of Pitt Street. Estevez Supermarket shuttered over six months ago after several violations of selling […]

Filed Under

102norfolk-bathroom-1

84-Year-Old Escapes Injury After Ceiling Collapses During Samy Mahfar’s Luxury Conversion of 102 Norfolk

Last modified July 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Here’s the latest dispatch from the 102 Norfolk Street “war zone,” where controversial landowner Samy Mahfar is currently amidst a luxury conversion. We are told that, on Tuesday evening, a large chunk of bathroom ceiling in apartment #1 collapsed. The 84-year-old tenant was inside at the time, and was miraculously unharmed. Renovations in unit #6 […]

Filed Under

102norfolk-exterior_wm

Samy Mahfar’s Luxury Conversion Creates ‘War Zone’ for Tenants of 102 Norfolk Street [PHOTOS]

Posted July 14, 2014 at 5:38 am

Controversial real estate mogul Samy Mahfar (pka SMA Equities) purchased 102 Norfolk Street back in April of this year. It was around this time that we first started hearing chatter about the luxury conversion, and purported efforts to boot all the longtime rent stabilized tenants. It’s nothing new really; he used the same borderline-legal tactics […]

Filed Under

102norfolk-mahfar

Report: Samy Mahfar Now Trying to Boot Longtime Tenants of 102 Norfolk Street

Posted July 10, 2014 at 6:11 am

Controversial landlord Samy Mahfar – who sits on the board of the Lower East Side BID – continues to gobble up properties around the neighborhood. His latest acquisition was 102 Norfolk Street in April, for which he paid $11 million. Massey Knakal brokered that deal. Since 102 Norfolk is located directly beside a cantilevered mess of […]

Filed Under

255easthouston-sale

Destabilized 255 East Houston is Back on the Market for $36M

Posted June 5, 2014 at 5:05 am

255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk Street) has been on life support since early 2010, when demolition of the adjacent building destabilized the structure. The damage ultimately compromised the safety of those within, namely the Action for Progress day care center, which was forced to vacate the premises. Other than being listed for sale in […]

Filed Under

sammer-gallery-143-ludlow

Sammer Gallery Opens Showroom at 143 Ludlow Street

Posted May 28, 2014 at 6:08 am

Now that the retail units in 143 Ludlow Street are sufficiently upgraded to luxury level, it’s time to fill the space. At least temporarily. As of yesterday afternoon, the north storefront at 143 Ludlow – which at one point housed Lindsay Thornburg’s boutique – is now a pop-up showroom for the Miami-based Sammer Gallery. They are […]

Filed Under

Art
143-ludlow-post-renovation

Questioning the Rent History at 143 Ludlow; 2 More Longtime Tenants Evicted

Posted April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am

That slap on the wrist naturally didn’t do much to deter the illegal luxury conversion at 143 Ludlow Street. You’ll recall that building owner (and Lower East Side BID board member) Samy Mahfar, amongst other alleged transgressions, constructed a rooftop addition against city code. His actions were widely reported in the hyperlocal media. The now-seven-story […]

Filed Under

177-ludlow-earthmatters

100 Montaditos Withdraws Application for 177 Ludlow

Last modified May 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm

100 Montaditos has eyes for 177 Ludlow Street, but might need to wait a little longer. As we revealed earlier this month, the fast-food cerveceria is applying for a full liquor license inside the former EarthMatters space, but is currently on the hitlist of the LES Dwellers NIMBY. There is an ongoing dialog, though. The group […]

Filed Under

177-ludlow-earthmatters

100 Montaditos to Open at Former Earthmatters on Ludlow

Posted April 26, 2013 at 6:20 am

100 Montaditos already has the distinction of replacing one downtown institution, that being the fabled Pizza Box on Bleecker Street.

Filed Under