Ben Shaoul

Ben Shaoul’s Orchard Street Condo Complex Begins 10-Story Ascent

Posted June 6, 2016 at 5:13 am

With sledgehammer shelved, so to speak, the erector set is on its way to assembly. No more pit status for the 196 Orchard project site. The first few major building blocks are firmly in place at the forthcoming ten-story condo compound from controversial landlord Ben Shaoul. For the last several days, upper Orchard Street has […]

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More About that 3-Level Equinox Gym Coming to Ben Shaoul’s Orchard Street Development

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

It’s old news that developer-landlord Ben Shaoul attracted Equinox gym to his new ten-story condo project beside Katz’s Deli. But it’s not yet a done deal. More red tape. The city, vis-a-vis the Board of Standards and Appeals, must first approve a special permit to operate a “physical culture establishment” under current zoning restrictions [PDF]. […]

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That Time a Sniper Murdered a Shopkeeper on Orchard Street [HISTORY]

Posted March 31, 2016 at 5:13 am

As controversial owner-developer Ben Shaoul constructs his ten-story condo-plex at 196 Orchard Street, we thought it fitting to exhume some of the criminal history behind this high-profile Lower East Side corner. It was April 1934, and Mrs. Yetta Einhorn, 40, was standing in the doorway of her husband’s “cut-rate” bread shop at 198 Orchard Street. She had […]

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Leather Gallery NY Disappears as Battered Upper Orchard Street Becomes Super Luxury

Posted February 24, 2016 at 5:18 am

​The window lettering at 190 Orchard Street first announced its closure back in December. “Closing this location, everything must go,” it read. However, the Leather Gallery NY nevertheless limped along until finally closing its doors for good this month. No fanfare, no letters to the community, just another vacant storefront on a block besieged by […]

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Katz’s Deli Ghost Signage Uncovered During Ben Shaoul Demolition

Last modified February 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Katz’s Deli is the proverbial last man standing on the block, but not for long. For Ben Shaoul, more dominoes needed to fall before his new Hell Square development rises to its twelve-floor zenith. The two remaining single-story structures (the old Lobster Joint and Tim Horton’s) were dismantled this week after months of stop-and-go debris removal, […]

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The Dark Room to End Its 12-Year Tenure on Ludlow Street Imminently

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:44 pm

The Dark Room is going, well, dark. The nightclub stalwart is reportedly leaving Ludlow Street after a dozen years on the block. For real this time. Word on the street is that the Dark Room ownership is looking to cash out and depart 165 Ludlow for good. The news arrives just a little over a […]

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Ben Shaoul Project Site on Orchard Street Turns Up 1800s-Era Artifacts

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:49 pm

​Before the heavy earth moving was underway at the corner of East Houston and Orchard Streets, one urban archaeologist gained access to the Ben Shaoul-owned project site. Scott Jordan, who specializes in digging up old privies (aka shit-houses), discovered several artifacts five feet below the surface. The finds – first reported by The Villager – […]

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Ben Shaoul Plays Up Katz’s Deli for Sales of New Development at 196 Orchard Street

Posted January 5, 2016 at 5:18 am

With the plywood surrounding the mud pit in tatters, developer Ben Shaoul is finally adding some branding to his forthcoming development at 196 Orchard Street. As of yesterday, there is now dedicated wrapping along the outer boards (plus, flashy website). And it’s enough to induce upchuck. The imagery and message rely heavily on the longtime presence […]

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It’ll Cost North of $1M to Own a Place Inside Ben Shaoul’s Bereket-Killing Condo

Posted December 16, 2015 at 5:18 am

Ben Shaoul’s new ten-story development at the corner of Orchard and East Houston Streets – which killed off a slew of small businesses (including Bereket) – is still a mud pit fifteen feet below the road bed. Backhoes and other big machinery are busy with earth moving and drilling activities. So, while the reimagined 196 […]

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Leather Gallery NY Quits Orchard Street After More than a Decade

Posted December 8, 2015 at 5:19 am

The last leather vendor on upper Orchard Street is closing its doors. Another victim of endless real estate speculation and resultant construction. Leather Gallery NY nearly outlasted a decade of decimation on the block, but couldn’t turn the tide of gentrification. Not even a downsized location – admittedly a stopgap measure – could save ’em. […]

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