Samy Mahfar

All Leather Resumes its Perpetual ‘Store Closing Sale’ at Bank Building on Delancey

Posted December 5, 2017 at 5:08 am

There hasn’t been an anchor tenant at 104 Delancey Street since the Chase Bank closed and consolidated with the branch across the street in 2012. Instead, a steady stream of pop-up players, from Gagosian (2012) and Hanksy (2014) to Spirit Halloween (2015), All Leather, and Chabad LES. And now back again. All Leather returned to Delancey […]

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‘Round Two’ Opens Today, Brings Vintage and Long Queues to Hell Square

Posted October 11, 2017 at 10:00 am

Round Two vintage and secondhand shop debuts later today in Hell Square. Hype is heady. A tipster tells us that excited customers began queuing outside the store at 113 Stanton Street yesterday evening. Seemingly out of nowhere, as buildout had been underway for the last couple months. Residents nearby weren’t too thrilled, though. Apparently, music […]

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Jimmy Webb’s ‘I Need More’ Launches Next Week on Orchard Street

Posted October 6, 2017 at 5:07 am

You need more, and Jimmy Webb has you covered. Webb, the primary buyer for and longtime manager of Trash and Vaudeville, is just under a week from opening his own rock-and-roll lifestyle boutique. As previously reported, I Need More signed a lease for the ground level of 75 Orchard, the former home of the Dressing […]

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‘Lucky Bee’ on Broome Street Succumbs to Rent Burden After Less than 2 Years

Posted September 25, 2017 at 5:02 am

Turns out the Lucky Bee wasn’t so. The nearly-two-year-old Thai restaurant succumbed to bonkers rents and closed over the weekend. Apparently, the monthly dole was $21,000 per month for the fifty-seat space. News of its demise isn’t a complete shock, though. Proprietors Matty Bennett (the chef) and Rupert Noffs had briefly shut the business back […]

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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 October 5, 2017 at 9:13 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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