Ye Olde Orchard Hell Building Being Demolished for Hotel Indigo

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 at 6:09 am by

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Okay, so here’s the deal. The Orchard Hell Building we’ve come to know and loathe the last half-decade is coming down. Demolition workers are presently amidst razing the incomplete two-story complex in preparation for the inevitable Hotel Indigo superstructure. DOB permits indicate that the crew is using two Johnny 5 Brokk 260 remote controlled demolition robots to dismantle 180 Orchard.

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At the moment, a good third of the rumored “faulty concrete” from years past has been reduced to an assorted mid-block mess. Yet once this piece of shit is leveled, it’ll be replaced by another eyesore of epic proportions. Twenty-four stories, to be exact, acting the middle finger of the Lower East Side skyline.

If past is precedent, completion of this Hotel Indigo will probably not happen in 2013 as planned.

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  • WTF

    23 F stories! For a friggin hotel in what was a charming low lying neighborhood? That sucks.

  • MB

    And us Orchard Street residents are lucky enough to wake up to this demolition every morning. Only a few more months left of sunlight in my apartment…sigh

  • emily

    Their first attempts at demolition was one guy with a jackhammer and pieces of cement flying onto the sidewalk.