The New Slipper Room on Orchard Street
167 Orchard Street lives again, having been reincarnated as a stout three-story building at the corner of Stanton. Not too long ago, the construction netting came down to reveal the fresh brick exterior.
Living on the Lower East Side these days, in-context architecture has little to no meaning anymore. It’s all about
height and glass. But we were admittedly taken aback by the masonry of this new Slipper Room facility. Contrary to the current norm, the building was erected in context with the character of the immediate surroundings. Namely low-rise brick that doesn’t look like an alien space craft.
On a related note, there hasn’t been much neighborhood talk regarding the oyster bar planned for the ground level on 87 Stanton. However, we are still hearing that the Rob Shamlian endeavor is a go.
We still miss this look – 167 Orchard as it was, circa 2009: