Lawsuit

Tenants Harassed by Croman Can Now Receive a Piece of $8M Settlement Fund

Posted August 10, 2018 at 5:06 am

It’s time for “Crow man” to pay the piper. For those who endured harassment from ex-con Steve Croman, who just got out of the clinker after an eight-month stint, restitution is on the way. Tenants who lived, or currently live, in one of the buildings owned by the controversial landlord (aka 9300 Realty) can now […]

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Merchant’s House Museum Files Lawsuit to Block 8-Story Hotel Development

Posted August 7, 2018 at 5:07 am

In case you missed it… The Merchant’s House Museum is not going down without a fight. The landmark building on East 4th Street – the first to be designated as such in 1965 – two weeks ago filed a lawsuit to block the eight-story hotel proposed on its western flank, according to the Wall Street […]

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Elizabeth Street Garden Advocates Bury the Hatchet, Ramp up Opposition to Redevelopment

Last modified June 8, 2018 at 10:11 am

Advocates for the endangered Elizabeth Street Garden are rallying the troops for another round of battle to ward off certain redevelopment of the Little Italy lot. But first, a truce between the warring factions of the garden. The two nonprofit groups committed to saving the namesake green space – Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden and […]

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MOMACHA Responds to MoMA Lawsuit, Raises Stakes with Expansion

Posted May 30, 2018 at 5:09 am

Down on the Bowery, a tiny tea shop has ruffled the feathers of the Museum of Modern Art. MOMACHA, the months-old matcha cafe and “exhibition space,” opened with little fanfare at 312 Bowery, yet quickly attracted a legal response. MoMA filed a lawuit in Manhattan federal court in April, accusing the establishment of willfully “infringing […]

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Court Dismisses Claims in No Fun’s $3M Defamation Lawsuit Against LES Dwellers

Posted May 7, 2018 at 5:00 am

Two years after No Fun filed a defamation lawsuit against the LES Dwellers block association, the results are in. The judge in the case dismissed all claims. You’ll recall that No Fun (aka Ludlow Food LLC) – the controversial nightspot located at 161 Ludlow Street – filed suit against the block association in April 2016 […]

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MoMA Files Lawsuit Against New Bowery Matcha Cafe ‘MoMaCha’

Posted April 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

With a name like MoMaCha, the new Bowery cafe was simply a lawsuit waiting to happen. And, not too surprisingly, it did. The Museum of Modern Art – popularly abbreviated as MoMA – sued the new Lower East Side business this week. It filed a complaint in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, accusing MoMaCha of […]

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Seward Park Co-op Board Prevails Against Disgruntled Residents in Parking Garage Privatizing Lawsuit

Posted July 26, 2017 at 5:04 am

The civil war that polarized the Seward Park Co-ops for the last year finally concluded last week. The Seward Park Board of Directors essentially privatized the garage as a for-profit parking operation when it entered a ten-year lease with Icon/Quik Park in early 2016. It was a 6 to 5 vote at the time. According […]

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AG Schneiderman Settles Civil Suit with Landlord Samy Mahfar for $225K

Last modified March 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

The ongoing civil lawsuit against notorious landlord Samy Mahfar brought by tenants in four of his Lower East Side buildings has reached conclusion. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman settled with the area landlord yesterday for a pittance. He got off easy with a $225K settlement. The three-year period between 2013 and 2016 was a busy one […]

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Investor in Defunct Grand Street ‘Comfort Diner’ Says Former Owner Cheated Her out of $75K

Posted April 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

While Saluggi’s East pizzeria struggles to make its own mark on Grand Street, its predecessor is again in the mud. An investor in the bygone Comfort Diner claims in a lawsuit filed last week that the former owner cheated her out of $75,000 when he neglected to mention his massive $700,000 debt of back taxes. […]

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Report: Con Edison Sues Extell for Nearly Causing a ‘Steam Explosion’ at One Manhattan Square

Posted April 5, 2017 at 5:05 am

Con Edison recently filed a lawsuit against Extell Development Corp. for nearly causing a “massive steam explosion” on the Lower East Side waterfront. The utilities behemoth charges that construction on the 850-foot tower – dubbed One Manhattan Square – damaged its subterranean infrastructure, and that the firm must pay up. The complaint notes that “Extell […]

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