Ben Shaoul

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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A Marshalls for Hell Square on the Lower East Side

Posted August 27, 2018 at 5:11 am

As Ben Shaoul’s block-spanning condoplex at the corner of Orchard and East Houston comes into full view, so too are its commercial occupants. We first reported back in May that TJX – the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods – was planning to open a new T.J. Maxx department store here. Plans […]

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Rumor: A T.J. Maxx for the New Lower East Side

Posted May 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

It’s a big-box bulk-up on the Lower East Side. In case you had enough of neighborhood mallification, vis-a-vis Essex Crossing, there’s more. It’s rumored that T.J. Maxx is also poised to compete for your dollars in an increasingly crowded space. Word on the street is that T.J. Maxx – part of the TJX Companies that […]

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Georgia’s Eastside BBQ Closes Down, Cites Construction Woes Next Door

Last modified May 9, 2018 at 4:08 pm

Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, one of the longer running businesses on the Lower East Side, just faded into the night. The small local business closed up shop yesterday evening after eleven years at 192 Orchard Street. Principal cause of demise was the constant construction next door on Ben Shaoul’s new luxury condo development. It’s turned the […]

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Equinox to Open its First LES Gym Next Spring

Posted December 7, 2017 at 5:08 am

The Equinox showroom has been in full sales mode for five months. Occupying the rear third of the former American Apparel space at East Houston and Orchard Streets. It’s pretty much a soulless retail footprint, with plenty of bright eye candy, corporate street art, and pretty people milling about. Sole purpose is netting new members […]

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Feasting Rats Swarm Upper Orchard Street [VIDEO]

Posted November 27, 2017 at 5:09 am

Down at the north entrance of Orchard Street, rats roam free, stirred into a frenzy thanks in large part to the construction of Ben Shaoul’s new condo development at the corner of East Houston. The vermin are displaced and eager to feast. “Swarms of rats are coming out of the construction site,” a concerned longtime […]

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Ben Shaoul’s Hell Square Tower is Clad in Glazed Brick from a ‘Spanish Fishing Village’

Posted November 22, 2017 at 5:11 am

With Ben Shaoul’s Hell Square condo tower at 196 Orchard Street edging toward completion, press hype is starting to come out. The latest is a puff piece about how the architect, INC Architecture & Design, chose to include handmade “metallic-glazed brick” in the facade that evokes the “old-world character of glazed terra-cotta while also bringing […]

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Ben Shaoul’s Condo Development at 196 Orchard Street Reaches 8-Story Height

Posted August 1, 2017 at 5:03 am

Since this past spring, the new condo development by hated landlord Ben Shaoul has made steady progress. Nothing is stopping this ascent. The superstructure of 196 Orchard Street is already at approximately eight stories, and still has about three to go. The so-called “Sledgehammer,” Ben Shaoul, scooped up this block of East Houston for $75 […]

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Former LES American Apparel Becomes Equinox Showroom for Ben Shaoul Condos

Posted July 5, 2017 at 5:04 am

The former American Apparel on Orchard Street (at East Houston) has been sitting vacant, and well lit, for almost two years. It closed down in October 2015 after more than a decade in business; a watershed moment for Lower East Side gentrification trends. Several brokerage houses tried to secure a commercial tenant for the warehoused locale […]

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