Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance

Bounced Between 2 Landlords, ‘Las Venus’ Flees the LES After More than 20 Years

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:46 pm

One of the most controversial landlords on the Lower East Side – SMA Equities – finally gets its way at 113 Stanton Street. Vintage furniture shop Las Venus – on the Lower East Side for some two decades – is now gone from the commercial space. Just call it a tale of two terrors. First, with Ben […]

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DOH Implements New Lead Dust Procedures in Response to Mahfar Alleged Tenant Harassment

Last modified September 17, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Those following the saga of Samy Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) know that the controversial landlord allegedly subjected tenants to hazardous lead levels in at least two of his many Lower East Side Holdings. For instance, tests conducted by the Department of Health concluded that 102 Norfolk Street boasted 2,900 times the legal limit. The scary exposure […]

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‘Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force’ Raids Samy Mahfar Properties on the LES

Last modified May 8, 2015 at 10:42 am

That newfangled Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force first announced last year finally got its shit together, and is reportedly on the offensive against SMA Equities. The alphabet soup of city agencies (DOB, FDNY, HPD, etc.) coordinated a “raid” against several Samy Mahfar-owned buildings on the Lower East Side on Wednesday afternoon, we are told. One tenant tells […]

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Samy Mahfar Sells 210 Rivington Street to Ariel Soudry for $12M

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:34 pm

We broke news last week that controversial landlord Samy Mahfar had ditched one of his flashpoint Lower East Side properties – 210 Rivington. Confirmation of the sale arrived yesterday afternoon. Indeed, public records confirm our scoop that the Soudry family (Ariel and father Abraham) – under the corporate shell “210 Rivington A.S. Realty LLC” – […]

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Samy Mahfar Tenants File 3 More Lawsuits Alleging Harassment; Press Conference Planned Today

Posted April 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

For the embattled tenants of SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) properties across the neighborhood – collectively the Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance – it’s a full court press. Word just came down the pike that residents in three other buildings are filing a lawsuit against the controversial landlord (210 Rivington, 22 Spring, 102 Norfolk). The legal action […]

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Samy Mahfar Stooge Michel Pimienta is Harassing 22 Spring Street, Tenants Allege

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:29 pm

It’s not just the purported gas tampering that worries residents of 22 Spring Street, but also a familiar threat. That bully Michel Pimienta is reportedly back at it… Michel Pimienta is a hired hand on the front lines of gentrification – first on the scene to horribly harass rent-regulated tenants to the point of moving […]

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Samy Mahfar Slapped with Stop-Work Order for Gas System at 22 Spring Street

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:22 pm

It would appear that the Department of Buildings is on a defensive, yet proactive footing in the wake of the deadly explosion on Second Avenue last week. Allegedly tampering with gas lines at 22 Spring Street is proving problematic for SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar), yet potentially dangerous for tenants. In a swift follow-up to […]

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Samy Mahfar was Issued Violations for ‘Gas Tapping’ at 22 Spring Street

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:21 pm

Of all the SMA Equities properties netting negative news lately, 22 Spring Street hasn’t even appeared as a blip on the proverbial radar. Until now, at least. The Little Italy tenement (near Elizabeth) is a recent acquisition, purchased by controversial landlord Samy Mahfar in October of last year for $8.5 million. It’s the same old […]

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Mahfar Tenants at 113 Stanton Street Sue SMA Equities for Toxic Lead Levels 200 Times Legal Limit (Plus Asbestos)

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:18 pm

For the second time in the last few years, battle-hardened tenants of an SMA Equities (aka Samy Mahfar) property on the Lower East Side are taking legal action. Those dwelling in 113 Stanton Street filed a lawsuit against the controversial landlord in New York City Housing Court on February 19 for harassment and essentially fostering […]

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An Open Letter from the Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance to SMA Equities [Op-Ed]

Posted February 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

The Mahfar Tenants’ Alliance is saddened to see that SMA Equities (i.e. Samy Mahfar), which has severely disrupted our lives, has once again tried to cloak their activities as “improvements.” We believe that they have denied leases to long-term tenants, disrupted basic services at unheard of levels, exposed some tenants to potentially toxic lead dust, and broken […]

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