Samy Mahfar

The Lucky Bee Reopens Today After Rent-Related Hiatus

Posted June 8, 2017 at 5:12 am

Perhaps you noticed that the Lucky Bee on Broome Street hasn’t been open the last couple days, and without any notice. Now we know why. The closure was related to rent payment, or rather, the lack thereof. Apparently the team “fell a little behind” on payments and closed. The hiatus was ultimately short-lived, though. We’re […]

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Black Tap will Probably Open its Ludlow Location on June 20

Posted June 8, 2017 at 5:00 am

The paint job is essentially complete, both within and without. And with it, 177 Ludlow Street is almost ready to welcome the mass of humanity to the newest location of Black Tap. On the outside, the official branding is stamped across the storefront marquee, while above, the tenement now boasts alternate black-and-white striping. On the inside, […]

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‘Jones LES’ Luxury Rental Development Sells for $61M

Last modified August 30, 2017 at 8:24 am

Exactly one year after it hit the market, the luxury rental complex at 331 East Houston, dubbed “Jones LES,” is under new ownership. The development changed hands for an unbelievable $61 million. Gili Haberberg, an investor who runs Arkar Inc., will shell out $61 million for the 67,600-square-foot elevator building situated between Attorney and Ridge streets. According to […]

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Black Tree Reboot ‘Raw Material’ Evicted from Orchard Street

Posted May 18, 2017 at 5:12 am

For the second time in two years, the Health Department wielded its hammer at 131 Orchard Street. Only this time, for Raw Material (nee Black Tree), it wasn’t a mouse infestation. In an apparent coordinated hit by the Health Department and the State of New York Workers’ Compensation Board, inspectors recently shut down the eight-month-old Raw […]

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So Much for Mahfar’s ‘Donated’ Art Space on Delancey Street

Last modified March 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

It’s the former donated art haven that wasn’t. Aside from early press hype and a few exterior murals, the former Chase bank branch on Delancey Street didn’t quite become the destination initially envisioned. So much for “The New Allen” ruling the roost. You’ll recall that landlord Samy Mahfar “donated” the multilevel space to nascent street […]

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

Last modified June 11, 2019 at 10:58 pm

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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Mahfar Irks Embattled Residents with Rowdy Pop-Up ‘Club’ in Former Las Venus Space

Last modified March 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Samy Mahfar is looking to plug the storefront vacancy at 113 Stanton Street. Neighbors didn’t like what happened there last night, though. You’ll recall that Las Venus relocated back in May 2016 after more than twenty years on the Lower East Side. This business was pissed away for a vacancy that has been sitting warehoused […]

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‘The Dressing Room’ Bar and Boutique on Orchard Street Closes Down Tomorrow Night

Posted January 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

Two weeks after breaking the news, we can now report that the Dressing Room on Orchard Street won’t survive January. Tomorrow is the final day in business for the ten-year-old bar-boutique. The first sign of its demise – quite literally – was the advent earlier this month of a leasing banner strung from the fire […]

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Looks Like the 10-Year-Old ‘Dressing Room’ is not Long for Orchard Street

Posted January 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

On Orchard Street, sneakers and spirits are threatened, as the Dressing Room may soon undress for the last time. Tombstone leasing signage, courtesy of Samy Mahfar’s REAL New York brokerage, is presently affixed above the door. There are no listings online yet, and the proprietors didn’t immediately return a request for comment. Before the “museum block” […]

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Mahfar Alleges CB3 Conflict of Interest over Zoning Change Denial 

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:57 pm

Three months ago, the City Council declined the five-years-in-the-making proposal to rezone the two-and-a-half block stretch of East Houston with a commercial overlay (i.e. “C2-5 commercial overlay in an existing R8A contextual district”). He’s still fighting for it. Mahfar (aka SMA Equities) – hated around these parts – is betting on a technicality to somehow overturn […]

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