137 Essex Street

Fight with Cops Erupts Outside Mazaar Lounge, Prompting a Saturday Night Raid [VIDEO]

Last modified March 13, 2017 at 12:32 pm

More nightlife-fueled violence in Hell Square this weekend. Roughly twenty-four hours after a 24-year-old man was brutally pummeled on Orchard Street, a brawl erupted on the doorstep of Mazaar Lounge just around the corner. It was the second such large-scale fight in the area within the last month. The violence originated from patrons exiting Mazaar, police […]

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Blame Stetzer and CB3 for Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge,’ Neighbors Argue

Posted February 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

The good news from last Monday night is that Community Board 3 voted to deny the Mazaar Lounge a renewal for its full liquor license, even if only advisory. Yet, getting to that point created a contentious situation that pitted controversial block association LES Dwellers against the District Manager Susan Stetzer and the SLA subcommittee. As the video […]

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Hell Square Problem ‘Mazaar Lounge’ Returns for Liquor License Renewal Hearing Tonight

Posted February 6, 2017 at 9:39 am

Problematic Hell Square haunt, Mazaar Lounge, returns to Community Board 3 tonight for its liquor license renewal. Ownership had withdrawn the application at the eleventh-hour last month. This maneuver is oftentimes a tactic employed to wear down opposition. Controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir will stand tall […]

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Hell Square Headache ‘Mazaar Lounge’ up for Liquor License Renewal

Last modified March 28, 2018 at 10:42 pm

One of Hell Square’s worst nightclubs is up for a liquor license renewal. Indeed, ownership of Mazaar Lounge is scheduled to appear before Community Board 3 tonight during the SLA subcommittee meeting. Mazaar Lounge – helmed by controversial Foundation co-owner Joseph Torres and Cozy Cafe principals Khaled Boghdedy and Sherif Beshir – opened in the […]

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Foundation Nightclub Owners to Open ‘Mazaar Lounge’ on Essex Street, Neighbors Fear Bait-and-Switch

Posted March 11, 2015 at 5:13 am

One former problem child is set to return under new banner… Foundation nightclub spent more than four controversial years operating at 137 Essex Street, eliciting numerous run-ins with both neighbors and the Department of Health. The establishment closed late last year, and went under the knife back in December with the requisite construction shed. Gut […]

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Foundation on Essex Shuttered by Health Department

Posted July 1, 2013 at 6:10 am

Foundation is back on the shitlist.

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Foundation on Essex Receives Second DOH Closure Notice

Posted October 19, 2011 at 6:41 am

The tumultuous history of eighteen-month-old nightclub Foundation, located at 137 Essex, continues with news of another Health Department violation.

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Foundation on Essex Shuttered by Department of Health

Posted August 25, 2011 at 6:09 am

Closed again. The year-old Foundation at 137 Essex Street is having a rough summer here on the Lower East Side.

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Foundation Felled by NYPD Crackdown

Last modified June 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Velvet ropers Foundation at 137 Essex Street are the most recent victims of the Seventh Precinct nightlife crackdown.

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Foundation Replaces Rewind at 137 Essex

Posted April 21, 2010 at 6:33 am

One loud, obnoxious club is replaced by another at 137 Essex Street. Late last month, Rewind sold its soul for a gold stripper pole, and became a new venture called Foundation.  Even with new ownership, this loungy nightspot is exactly what you might expect – velvet ropes, clipboards, and bouncers with earpieces.  And a single-door entrance […]