Serge Hoyda

Magic Moment: Appeals Court Favors Children’s Magical Garden in Adverse Possession Claim

Posted July 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

After four years of litigation, a major score for the Children’s Magical Garden at Stanton and Norfolk Streets! The Appellate Court in the ongoing case – which pit the garden corporation against former landlord Serge Hoyda and current owner Horizon Group – has sided with the former regarding defendants’ motion to dismiss the “Adverse Possession” […]

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‘Dr Smood’ Organic Health Cafe Announces New Location at the Old LES American Apparel

Last modified September 21, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Dr Smood, a bougie “organic boutique cafe” specializing in 100-percent United States Department of Agriculture-certified organic food and beverages, just signed a lease for space at the former American Apparel on East Houston Street. Vinyl window cladding announces the imminent arrival of this latest area eatery. With all the condos arriving to market nearby in […]

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Pala Pizza Seized After 11 Years on Allen Street

Posted May 26, 2017 at 5:12 am

Death paid a visit to Pala this week in the form of City Marshals. The eleven-year-old pizzeria was seized and returned to the landlord on Tuesday. As for the restaurant itself, the furnishings and interior are still intact. Packed up for the night never to reopen. The Pala pizzeria opened on this upper stretch of […]

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Sons of Essex Owners Vying for Multilevel Mexican Clubstaurant at Former Preserve 24 Space 

Posted May 3, 2017 at 5:00 am

In the three years since Preserve 24 failed in epic fashion, the multilevel retail space at 200 Allen Street (aka 177 East Houston) has been shopped around for the next potential nightspot. Elements of One and One, the Late Late, and Upstate each considered, albeit separately, taking a pass at planting a business here. All […]

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Rumor: ‘Sugar Cafe’ is Closing Down at the End of the Week

Posted January 31, 2017 at 5:00 am

The sugar high is gone; now the big comedown. The no-frills, 24/7 Sugar Cafe has been fueling the area from 200 Allen Street (East Houston) for over a decade. It’s weathered the winds of gentrification and more than five years of roadwork at its doorstep. But apparently a rent increase is doing them in. Several readers inform […]

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Judge Denies Developers’ Motion to Dismiss in Children’s Magical Garden Lawsuit

Posted November 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

​There’s some positive pre-holiday news coming from the Children’s Magical Garden. The ongoing lawsuit against developers regarding a third of the parkland – first levied last year – is moving forward. A motion to dismiss by the defendant was denied. First, though, a quick recap of the situation on the ground. Since 1985, the Children’s […]

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There’s Nothing Left of the American Apparel on East Houston

Posted November 2, 2015 at 5:18 am

There’s nothing left of the American Apparel on East Houston, which closed last Monday. The eleven-year-old shop was completely emptied of its contents later in the week, with remnant product and mannequins piled curbside. Stripped to its skivvies – no more store branding, nor shelving. Such is life under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now, with a huge corner […]

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Shane Covey and Adam Elzer Planning to ‘Upstate’ Former Preserve 24 Space

Posted September 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

Deemed by many as a cursed space, 177 East Houston may soon be revived as another nightlife venue. This enormous L-shaped property at the corner of Allen Street was previously occupied by Preserve 24, a concept so kitschy and ambitious that it tripped over its own shadow. It lasted just barely one year at this address, […]

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Serge Hoyda Successful in Evicting Preserve 24; Per Se Vet Dropped from Lawsuit

Posted September 19, 2014 at 5:49 am

Last Friday, epic failure Preserve 24 (aka Aegis Holding Houston LLC) was officially evicted from 177 East Houston by court order. It has been closed and dormant since late June, and will not reopen under new management as one sign proclaims. The papers served by landlord Serge Hoyda are now taped to the front door. […]

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Serge Hoyda Files Suit to Evict Preserve 24, Alleges ‘Per Se’ Vet Purchased the Assets

Last modified August 26, 2014 at 9:15 am

When it comes to nightlife failures on the Lower East Side, Preserve 24 easily ranks as one of the most epic in recent memory. The over-the-top bar-restaurant bit off way more than it could chew, and died on the vine two months ago. It mysteriously closed at the end of June for “remodeling with new […]

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