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

Posted on: December 31st, 2014 at 5:30 am by
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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 location.

So, while controversial owner Samy Mahfar continues to hold out for a well-off occupant, another temporary tenant will continue the recent trend of art at this address. 1Percent – the “lifestyle accessories” company known for its handblown glass pipes, bowls, etc. – is launching a month-long pop-up gallery show. Some of the artwork apparently appeared at Art Basel 2014. The soft open was reportedly last night, with public access beginning Friday. We are told that pieces range in price from $12,000 to $25,000. Definitely for the 1 percent, that’s for sure…

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The Misrahi listing for 143 Ludlow reveals that Mahfar is looking to gouge again. To the tune of $14,000 in monthly rent for the 800 square-foot store.

Remember that Mahfar put the businesses and residents of 143 Ludlow through hell these last few years. Most of his work during this luxury conversion to unaffordability was actually illegal and reportedly at the expense of tenants’ health, sanity, and wallet. It’s the same old story for this bully; just look at 102 Norfolk and 210 Rivington.

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