196 Orchard Street

Man Arrested for Threatening CVS Cashier with Bolt Cutters on Orchard Street

Posted September 9, 2021 at 5:06 am

Things got snippy at CVS late last month. Police arrested a man who threatened a CVS cashier with bolt cutters. The suspect had entered the pharmacy at 196 Orchard Street on August 26 at around 7:00pm. There was an interaction with the cashier before the bolt cutters were drawn. Cops later arrested the man and […]

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Broad Daylight Bike Theft Outside Luxury Condo on Orchard Street

Posted May 12, 2021 at 5:02 am

Thieves are becoming more brazen on the Lower East Side. Case in point, this bike thief on Orchard Street in broad daylight. A resident captured video of this man clipping a lock at 11:30am outside the luxury condo building at 196 Orchard Street on Sunday morning. The thief used an angle grinder to cut the […]

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Two Men Brandish Knife While Shoplifting M&Ms from Hell Square CVS

Posted December 27, 2019 at 5:05 am

The brand new Lower East Side CVS got a Hell Square scare this past Sunday, when it was reportedly robbed at knifepoint. Shortly before 1:30 am Sunday morning, two men entered the pharmacy – located inside Ben Shaoul’s condoplex at 196 Orchard Street – and began to shoplift a bag of M&Ms. According to police, […]

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At 60% Occupancy, 196 Orchard Taps LES Gallerist for Revolving Lobby Art

Posted December 12, 2019 at 5:08 am

The synergy between high-end condos and galleries is on full display at Ben Shaoul’s Lower East Side condoplex. It is here, in the lobby of 196 Orchard Street, that local gallerist Lesley Heller has been tapped to curate a revolving placement of art. The residency began this week. Heller – who runs her eponymous showroom […]

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CVS will Open in Hell Square on August 25

Posted August 13, 2019 at 5:05 am

CVS is less than two weeks from opening another location on the Lower East Side. And, as such, Hell Square is now bookended by corporate pharmacies. The illuminated store signage made its way to the southeast corner of Orchard and East Houston Streets. You know, the chi-chi eleven-story condoplex developed by controversial landlord Ben Shaoul. […]

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Katz’s Adjacent Retail Condo Sells for Record $89M

Posted July 19, 2019 at 5:02 am

The hot pastrami sandwich at Katz’s Deli costs $22.95; the ginormous commercial condo in Ben Shaoul’s luxury development next door costs $89 million. Developer Ben Shaoul reportedly sold the retail portion of the building to the AR Global affiliate New York City REIT. Stated sale price is $88.75 million, which makes it the most expensive […]

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CVS Coming to Ben Shaoul’s Hell Square Condoplex

Posted April 23, 2019 at 5:00 am

Six months after Marshalls planted a flag on the northern perimeter of Hell Square, another big-box tenant is coming. CVS pharmacy just announced itself to the neighborhood with store signage in the last remaining commercial space. For months, we’ve heard rumors to that effect, and now it’s proven true. This completes the big-boxification of Ben […]

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The Hadid Clan Really Wants to Live in Hell (Square)

Posted April 1, 2019 at 5:09 am

Sister models Gigi and Bella Hadid, along with their model mother Yolanda, might together take up residence inside Ben Shaoul’s gold-bricked development at 196 Orchard Street. The family has been searching for a Lower East Side residence that can accommodate this “compound” lifestyle. Hell Square could be the place. According to a tabloid bit in […]

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Marshalls Opens its First LES Department Store Tomorrow

Posted October 3, 2018 at 5:09 am

The mallification of the Lower East Side advances headlong this week with the arrival of Marshalls. The suburban department store – whose TJX parent is also behind Home Goods and T.J. Maxx – signed a lease for the entire ground floor space spanning 197 East Houston. The new condoplex developed by Ben Shaoul. Doors open […]

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Equinox Gym Debuts on ‘Dusty Streets’ of the Lower East Side

Last modified August 30, 2018 at 5:49 pm

Here it is. Thought you’d never see the day when an Equinox gym would open on the Lower East Side? Well, it finally happened this week at Ben Shaoul’s condoplex at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets. This 30,000 square-foot Equinox spans three levels, and “taps into the always-on energy of this legendary […]

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