Madonna's Would-Be Kabbalah Castle Sees New Life

ludlow Madonna's Would Be Kabbalah Castle Sees New Life The Lower East Side’s 179 Ludlow Street is, finally, after years of bankruptcy and flirtations with kabbalah, getting cleaned up, and is on its way to becoming a rental, the Post reports.

The man behind the project is lender Michael Goldberg, who got the city to partially lift its stop-work order last week and started cleaning up the site, which became a feces-encrusted rat castle just a year after former owner Michaelangelo Russo, who bought the property for $5.2 million in 2007, ran out of money. In addition to the rats, the building had an illegal construction shed that jutted out so far into the street it held up traffic.

Mr. Goldberg has scrapped plans for condos or a hotel, and has, instead, decreed it shall be a rental. Reportedly, he has already met with the architect and engineer. The building should be completed by the end of the summer.

mcoyne@observer.com