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

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

113stanton-mahfar-party_wm

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.

Recent Stories

Report: Tenement Museum Workers Unionize

The front-facing staff of the Tenement Museum, after many failed attempts throughout the years, have finally agreed to unionize. A vote was held last week in which all education, retail, and visitor services employees mobilized to join Local 2110 UAW (United Auto Workers). The measure passed by a 96% margin. The vote was spurred by […]

Sunshine Cinema Signage Carted Away

Sunshine, sunset, swiftly goes the demolition. Indeed, no sooner did the sidewalk bridge appear at 141 East Houston Street than workers deposed the Sunshine Cinema neon lettering. We’re told that a van carted the signage away yesterday. Co-owner-developer East End Capital did not return our request about the fate of the letters. Meanwhile, the demolition […]

New Essex Street Market Sets Opening Date at Essex Crossing

Seventy-nine is a momentous age for the Essex Street Market. Now, more than five years in the making, the Lower East Side institution opened by Mayor LaGuardia in 1940 is finally ready to cross Delancey. The date for its opening at Essex Crossing has been set. Mark the calendar for May 18. The Market announced […]

Ready to Win the Weekend? [SPONSOR]

“Let’s meet for drinks” is starting to get lamer than Netflix-and-chill. Amp up your culture factor, impress your date, and maybe even take home great new art at Superfine! Art Fair, opening May 1 with a champagne washed inaugural party in SoHo. Explore three rooms chock full of awesome art by 80+ top-tier emerging artists. […]

He Said, She Said: A Two-City Concert Review of KOLARS

KOLARS is a Los Angeles-based rock duo, formerly of folk outfit He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, and the latest in our “He Said/She Said” music series. They’ve been relentlessly on tour for the past three years (over 400 shows since 2016), and while Passover prevented us from getting to the New York gig, we […]