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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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More on the ‘Quality Eats’ Offshoot Coming Soon to Hell Square

Posted March 7, 2016 at 5:10 am

No doubt capitalizing on the upscale Ludlow Hotel and its Dirty French food-and-beverage, the Stillman restaurant honchos (i.e. Fourth Wall Restaurants) want in on the action. Especially after the EMM Group basically outbid their concept for 199 Bowery some five years ago. This time, they’re returning to the Lower East Side to impart a second […]

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Samy Mahfar Seeks Commercial Zoning Change for his 13-Story Tower at 255 East Houston Street

Posted February 26, 2016 at 5:00 am

​For the second time since 2011, controversial slumlord Samy Mahfar is seeking a commercial overlay for a two-and-a-half-block parcel of East Houston Street, between Norfolk and Clinton. The reason – commercial uses are not allowed in new developments situated within residential districts. And Mahfar seeks to construct a new mixed-use tumor at 255 East Houston […]

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‘Quality Eats’ Angling for Ludlow Street Expansion at Former 100 Montaditos Space

Posted February 25, 2016 at 4:45 am

When 100 Montaditos went down like a lead balloon after a paltry three months on the block, the franchise owner at 177 Ludlow Street (Mini Hospitality) promised to hold onto the space and return as an “upscale concept.” That never happened, and the real estate remained warehoused as a vacancy by owner Samy Mahfar for over […]

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Negligence Abounds at 100 Norfolk Street Project Site, Affected Neighbors Allege

Posted January 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

​When a folding ladder falls from a high-profile project site and dangles from a cable wire outside your windows, something is definitely wrong. Such was the case on Monday afternoon, when said ladder and various “debris” reportedly fell from the iron skeleton of the cantilevered condos at 100 Norfolk Street. A resident of Samy Mahfar’s notorious […]

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The Lucky Bee to Begin Broome Street Service on Thursday

Posted January 19, 2016 at 5:17 am

The pollination of 252 Broome Street begins this week. Jin Sushi is in the rearview, and the Lucky Bee is buzzing. (Okay, enough of that.) The handwriting is on the new vestibule windows, announcing the opening date to the public as this Thursday, 5:30pm. With former Fat Radish chef Matty Bennett and partner Rupert Noffs now […]

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Samy Mahfar Gets the Green Light for 10-Story Residential Building on East Houston Street

Posted December 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Action for Progress is getting some. At least that’s what hated landlord/developer Samy Mahfar would have you believe. The Department of Buildings finally issued approval, albeit partial, last week for Mahfar’s new ten-story residential tumor on the L-shaped parcel of 255 East Houston (aka 171 Suffolk). Plans have changed slightly since the news first broke, though. Once […]

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The Lucky Bee to Open on Broome Street the First Week of January

Posted December 15, 2015 at 5:19 am

The Lucky Bee is buzzing Broome Street. Opening is imminent. You’ll recall that an exhorbitant rent hike forced sushi stalwart Jin Sushi to close its restaurant at 252 Broome Street over the summer. The increase – Samy Mahfar is landlord – ended a successful ten-year run for the business. (Don’t believe the imposter a few […]

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