Ben Shaoul

Shear Luck: FRED Salon Finds Refuge in the East Village

Posted August 16, 2019 at 5:04 am

Another retail victim to report on upper Orchard Street. The FRED.nyc hair salon is now gone. According to signage on the shuttered security gate at 192 Orchard, the five-year-old business recently relocated to the East Village. The move to 40 East Third Street was a long time coming for eponymous owner Fred Connors, who braved […]

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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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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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