43 Essex Street

‘iLoveKickboxing’ Lights up Essex Street Gym

Posted February 6, 2018 at 5:07 am

G&S Sporting Goods may have rebooted, but its former headquarters is in new hands. Or should we say gloves? Like its predecessor, the newcomer at 43 Essex Street is of the pugilistic persuasion. A gym called iLoveKickboxing. The company, which operates 100 training sites in all 50 states, last fall signed a 15-year lease for […]

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Under New Ownership, G&S Sporting Goods Returns with Online Store

Posted February 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

G&S Sporting Goods departed the Lower East Side four years ago. Its owner, Lenny Zerling, sold the building at 43 Essex Street to notorious landlord Dean Galasso and bid adieu. Fast forward to present. The business is now in the hands of new ownership, which has streamlined the brand for a whole new generation of […]

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‘iLoveKickboxing’ Revives Pugilism at Former G&S Sporting Goods on Essex Street

Posted October 6, 2017 at 5:08 am

Where boxing gear once ruled for decades, a new kickboxing concept will soon open shop. iLoveKickboxing, the gym which operates 100 training sites in all 50 states, just signed a 15-year lease at 43 Essex Street. The eight-year-old company will occupy 4,000 square-feet of commercial space at the tenement building, located just south of Grand […]

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Landlord Indicted for Mortgage Fraud Scheme at 43 Essex Street, Faces 25 Years

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 12:23 pm

The dominoes continue to fall… Local landlord Dean Galasso was indicted yesterday for six felony charges in a scheme to fraudulently obtain a multi-million dollar mortgage to buy 43 Essex Street (formerly home to G&S Sporting Goods), Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. He’s being charged with submitting bogus documents to a bank, including a phony […]

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‘Protocinema’ Installation Takes Over Embattled G&S Sporting Goods Space on Essex Street

Posted March 30, 2017 at 5:04 am

For the first time since G&S Sporting Goods departed the Lower East Side three years ago, 43 Essex Street boasts a new retail occupant, albeit temporary. It’s a pop-up gallery, naturally. Protocinema is not as it sounds, rather a roving arts program with dual headquarters in New York City and Istanbul. It now occupies a space […]

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Tenants of 43 Essex Street Harassment Reach Settlement in Lawsuit with Galasso Brothers

Posted December 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

Here’s a win worth celebrating, in the never-ending battle of tenants v. slumlords. This week, a group of tenants from 43 Essex Street announced that they’ve reached a settlement in their hazardous conditions and harassment lawsuit, filed more than a year and a half ago. This resolution comes just two months after the building’s cooking gas […]

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More than a Year Later, Cooking Gas Finally Restored to 43 Essex Street as Retail Hits the Market

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm

Things are finally looking up for 43 Essex Street, a Lower East Side tenement whose tenants are struggling with the nascent landlord. Cooking gas was restored last week after more than year without hookup, making life livable again. The former G&S Sporting Goods, meanwhile, is officially down for the count. Even though the local boxing […]

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Residents of 43 Essex Street Still Without Cooking Gas; DOB Issues Separate Stop-work Orders

Last modified May 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm

More drama over at 43 Essex Street, where the stripped store remains barren. Activity revived last week with more shuffling about the premises; it appeared that build-out was back on track. Not so fast, though. The city quickly stepped in and shut it all down. The Department of Buildings sent an inspector last week, which […]

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Snowstorm Approaching, 43 Essex Reportedly without Heat and Hot Water

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:13 pm

This is not really the week to be without heat or hot water. Not with a huge snowstorm barreling up the coast. Yet, if your landlord is Paul and Dean Galasso at 43 Essex Street, that’s the situation. Despite the mobile boiler system deployed curbside since Christmas. One reader, a resident of the tenement, got in […]

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Landlord Still Making Life Hell for Residents of 43 Essex Street

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm

Paul Galasso is a relative welterweight in the league of ego-driven landlords. From nowhere, he’s quickly rising to the top of the charts with alleged tenant harassment tactics that rival the likes of Steve Croman. 43 Essex Street is case-in-point, a flashpoint pre-war property acquired by Galasso in the fall of 2014. The owner purchased […]

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