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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 renovation of 210 Rivington, July 2014

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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Con Edison May Terminate Service to 113 Stanton Street Thanks to Landlord Samy Mahfar

Posted January 6, 2015 at 5:20 am

There is enough dirt on controversial real estate baron Samy Mahfar to fill the lot of converted luxury apartments he creates. Time to shovel more… Indeed. It appears that Con Edison is a week from shutting power to 113 Stanton Street, the five-story tenement Mahfar purchased last year for $5.25 million. A notice was taped […]

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DOB Set to Revoke Renovation Permit at Mahfar’s 102 Norfolk Street

Last modified January 5, 2015 at 11:17 am

Bad news is seemingly snowballing for controversial landlord Samy Mahfar. The tenant rebellion continues… Residents last month protested the deplorable quality-of-life at two of his Lower East Side buildings – 102 Norfolk and 210 Rivington – by staging a highly-publicized press conference. Goal of the assembly (which caught Mahfar off guard) was to spotlight the […]

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Glass Pipe Purveyors ‘1Percent’ Opening Pop-Up Gallery at 143 Ludlow Street

Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:30 am

Put this in your pipe and smoke it… The Miami-based Sammer Gallery at 143 Ludlow Street – “dedicated to the promotion of Latin American Constructivism and concrete art” – quietly faded in recent weeks. Token tombstone signage of the Misrahi Realty variety resides above the floor-to-ceiling window glass. The showroom lasted roughly six months at this […]

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100 Montaditos on Ludlow Street is Officially Kaput

Posted December 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

For 100 Montaditos, it’s one culture, zero ways to do it. At least on on the battered upper section of Ludlow Street. When it came to the Lower East Side iteration, the Spanish-based fast casual chain was an epic fail and a perfect example of how evading the host community can hurt in the long run. […]

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Bully the Bully: Taking a Step Back at Samy Mahfar’s 102 Norfolk Street [OP-ED]

Posted December 12, 2014 at 5:01 am

We broke news earlier this week that several tenants living in Samy Mahfar-owned buildings around the Lower East Side organized an association (“Mahfar Tenants Coaltion”) to help combat the controversial landlord’s terrible track record of harassment. Their focus for the moment is on the toxic lead levels at 102 Norfolk and 210 Rivington Streets earlier this year. […]

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Rosie Mendez Goes ‘Lower East Side Nuclear’ on Samy Mahfar Stooge at Opposition Rally Yesterday [VIDEO]

Last modified December 11, 2014 at 7:51 am

Fed up with the harassment and constant “war zone” conditions during luxury upgrades, a coalition of tenants in Samy Mahfar properties assembled yesterday afternoon for an impromptu rally of opposition. The Mahfar Tenants Coalition was joined by local electeds to shine a light on the toxic lead levels at both 102 Norfolk and 210 Rivington […]

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