163 Orchard Street

Man Found Dead Inside the Orchard Street Hotel

Posted December 22, 2017 at 5:04 am

Early yesterday morning, an older man was found dead inside the Orchard Street Hotel just south of Stanton Street. First responders mobilized after receiving a 911 call at 3:09 am reporting an unconscious man inside the eleven-story hotel, according to published reports. When police arrived at the scene, they found the 63-year-old man unconscious, and with […]

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Overbuilt ‘Orchard Street Hotel’ Again Seeks Booze in Saturated Hell Square

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:05 am

For the second time in as many years, hotel operators Nico Moinian and Nader Ohebshalom will try again to install nightlife at the Orchard Street Hotel. As before, it’s an uphill battle in Hell Square that won’t be easy. The lodge opened at 163 Orchard last year, yet without the food and beverage component on which profit […]

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First Look at ‘The John Lamb’ Nightspot at Orchard Street’s Sago Hotel

Posted July 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

And here you thought it would never happen. The John Lamb is opening soon at the relatively new Sago Hotel on Orchard Street. It’s been a long time coming for principal Joseph Valentine, who’s been threatening this farm-to-table restaurant concept for nearly two years already. Teaser signage was posted in the windows of 119 Orchard […]

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You Can Now Book a Room at the Orchard Street Hotel; Ownership Acquires GEM Soho on East Houston

Posted April 15, 2015 at 5:10 am

The eleven-story Orchard Street Hotel quietly opened on its namesake block late last week. A more formal announcement will happen in the coming days, we are told, but for now, all fifty rooms are available for booking on the recently launched website (powered by booking.com). Verdict – shoebox-sized rooms and spartan living for a premium. […]

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Overbuilt and Underwhelming ‘Orchard Street Hotel’ Announced in Hell Square

Posted March 24, 2015 at 9:22 am

A great Gatsby this hotel is not. Rather, 163 Orchard is yet another Lower East Side lodge ruining Hell Square. And now it carries a new name. No longer evoking the fictional character of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the establishment is hereafter known as the Orchard Street Hotel. Pretty clever, huh. The branding was installed above […]

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163 Orchard ‘Gatsby’ Hotel Sheds Plywood for the First Time in 6 Years

Posted December 8, 2014 at 9:32 am

At the September SLA subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3, hotel newcomer Nico Moinian delivered news that he hoped to open the so-called “Gatsby” hotel at 163 Orchard Street by the end of November. Not the case, but it’ll likely happen in the not-so-distant future. Plywood, sidewalk bridge, and other construction materials were altogether removed from the […]

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‘Gatsby’ Hotel on Orchard is Overbuilt and Neighbors Worry About Its Open-Air ‘Arcade’

Posted August 18, 2014 at 6:04 am

Here is a street-level view of the notorious arcade in the forthcoming Gatsby hotel at 163 Orchard Street. It’s actually more like an atrium or sorts (albeit horizontal), exposed to the elements on both Orchard and Allen exposures. This second floor is now a flashpoint issue in Hell Square, and will likely to continue to be […]

The Tale of Two Hell Square Hotels: Indigo and Gatsby

Last modified August 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

At the head of Orchard Street, it’s essentially a tale of two Hell Square hotels, featuring elements of Indigo, Britney Spears, and Gatsby. Kitty corner apart, Hotel Indigo is squaring off against the dark horse of 163 Orchard. Both devils are vying for liquor licenses in an already saturated environment. Finally nearing completion, 180 Orchard […]

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Long Delayed Hotel at 163 Orchard Street Gets Its Skin

Posted December 4, 2013 at 5:09 am

It’s been consecutive seasons of discontent for 163 Orchard Street, where the five-year-old hotel project spent much of the last twelve months dying on the vine. Cabling rusted, plywood splintered, concrete weathered. But by summer’s end, the 10-ish-story development topped off, the latest stalled eyesore in the neighborhood to rebound. Meanwhile, contractors continue to knock […]

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Progress Report: 163 Orchard Street Hotel

Posted August 21, 2012 at 6:09 am

163 Orchard Street was resuscitated back in January after having flat-lined over three years ago.

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