Controversial Shaoul Building Gets Espresso Bar

Suzanne Rozdeba

As one of Benjamin Shaoul’s buildings loses a tenant, another one is gaining one: Bea’s Café, a new coffee shop, aims to open next month in a building that has brought criticism to the ubiquitous developer.

A sign in the window of 514 East Sixth Street touts Bea’s as “an espresso bar and more.”

In December, State Senator Daniel Squadron blasted Mr. Shaoul before the city Board of Standards and Appeals, urging that he be forced to remove a rooftop extension from the building between Avenues A and B. At the time, Mr. Shaoul was asking the Board to waive an earlier order that a seventh-floor addition be removed.

The next hearing regarding the penthouse is set for March 27.

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