Mahfar Irks Embattled Residents with Rowdy Pop-Up ‘Club’ in Former Las Venus Space

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 at 5:10 am by

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Samy Mahfar is looking to plug the storefront vacancy at 113 Stanton Street. Neighbors didn’t like what happened there last night, though.

You’ll recall that Las Venus relocated back in May 2016 after more than twenty years on the Lower East Side. This business was pissed away for a vacancy that has been sitting warehoused for nearly a year, and will likely continue until deep pockets (nightlife?) comes a-knockin’.

And neighbors got a taste of a potential future last night.

113 Stanton hosted its first pop-up event on the ground level – the second annual “benefit + art auction” for 4Heads. The organization teamed up with SMA Equities to raise funds to produce free programs on Governors Island. Namely, its flagship Art Fair. Yet it didn’t go over well with the upstairs residents of 113 Stanton Street. (The relationship is still acrimonious a year after the lawsuit settled.) The loud, Mardi Gras-style event featured food, beverage and entertainment (Sunnyside Social Club, and DJ Mr. Fine Wine), literally buzzing the tenement walls, according to one resident.

We’re told that this single event was one of the loudest, most obnoxious parties on the block in a long time. Two hours of nonstop live music at insane volume. The gathering was apparently too loud for its own good, and we’re told the cops showed up at least twice as response.

Neighbors fear that this could be the first in a trend for the commercial space. Nightlife seems preferred here. The Eastern Consolidated listing conveys that “all uses are considered,” and that food is okay. But to run a business in this 4,000 square-foot space (ground + basement), you’ll need to shell out $19,500 per month.

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