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Looking Back at a Decade of Demolition on Upper Orchard Street [PHOTOS]

Posted May 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

It was a slow death, but Ben “Sledgehammer” Shaoul finally cleared out the small businesses operating at the corner of Orchard and East Houston. A parcel for which he paid $75 million. Now, with the wrecking ball mid-swing, and ten floors of condos (plus an Equinox gym) in tow, we got to reminiscing. Yes. It’s […]

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Vicki Rovere’s ‘Free Store’ Still a Late-Night Attraction on Ludlow Street After 15 Years

Posted May 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

The long arm of gentrification and its army of boutique hotels and lux living is quietly squeezing another longtime Lower East Side tradition. That of the “Free Store” on the northern fringe of Ludlow Street. Thirty-seven-year Ludlow resident and self-proclaimed “environmental scavenger” Vicki Rovere has been running the show for a decade, constantly hauling suitcases […]

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The Orchard Hell Building Resorts to Crowdsourcing Store Ideas

Last modified May 15, 2015 at 7:59 am

It’s come to this. Desperation is spelled with a text message. Yes. The Orchard Hell Building, a 23-story development in progress for the last decade, has resorted to crowdsourcing commercial occupants for its ground-level units. Check out the poster attached to the sidewalk bridge. The flashy announcement beckons residents to send a text indicating what […]

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Who Benefits? Clayton Patterson Demands Answers Regarding Liquor Over-Saturation on the Lower East Side

Last modified March 16, 2015 at 1:36 pm

The following letter was written by Clayton Patterson, and directed toward local politicians, including Community Board 3. Yes, enough is enough with the bars and liquor licenses. Why does this part of the community need so many drinking establishments? We have lived through much abuse as our area has been turned into an alcohol theme […]

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Hotel Indigo on Orchard Street Delayed Until September 2015; Retail Hype Coming Soon

Posted March 4, 2015 at 5:11 am

Hell, what’s another six months when the project has already run a decade and cost countless millions in both currency and complaints. So it is with the Hotel Indigo on Orchard Street, which continues to live up to its Hell Building nickname. According to the booking website, the 23-story lodge won’t start accepting reservations until […]

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Orchard Hell Building Retail Units Sell For $21M

Posted February 27, 2015 at 9:19 am

Ever since the branded sidewalk bridge arrived in October, the commercial retail in the base of the 23-story Orchard Hell Building has been dormant. Cushman & Wakefield is still pimping the properties – separate from the Hotel Indigo upstairs – for possible flagship usage. But now, a wrinkle in the story… The Real Deal reported […]

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Pioneering Street Artist Lee Quiñones is the ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Hotel Indigo, Opening in April

Posted December 31, 2014 at 5:26 am

In an apparent attempt to gain legitimacy with the neighborhood and its history, the culture-destroying Hotel Indigo tapped a street art legend as its so-called artist in residence. Lee Quiñones has that honor, a tidbit first learned when the Orchard Hell Building went before Community Board 3 for its liquor license (which was approved, by […]

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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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Orchard Hell Building Retail Units Ready to Rent; Neighbors Fear More Bars

Posted October 20, 2014 at 6:09 am

Pain in the ass would be the understatement of the decade with regard to the Orchard Hell Building. The last ten years of construction has caused both residential and commercial flight from the beleaguered stock of tenements. But for all its past pitfalls (of which there are many), the Hotel Indigo is working hard to […]

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The SKINnY Set to Return to Orchard Street After 2 Year Hiatus

Posted August 20, 2014 at 5:22 am

Narrow Orchard Street dive, The SKINnY Bar & Lounge, closed way back in 2012. That’s an eternity by city standards. The reason for its (temporary) shutter was an expansion into the neighboring store that previously housed Elegant Woolen & Silk. Since then, never-ending construction on the neighboring Orchard Hell Building (i.e. Hotel Indigo) has consumed the […]

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