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Hotel Indigo Delays Hell Square Hotel to November 1; Scaffolding Completely Removed

Posted July 28, 2015 at 9:22 am

Milestones galore for the Orchard Hell Building, a development ten years in the making. A public parking garage debuted last week on its backside; and this week, all scaffolding and plywood removed from the project site for the first time since at least 2006. However, Hotel Indigo delayed its grand opening yet again. This time, […]

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Public Parking Garage Opens in the Orchard Hell Building Today

Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

Ten years of construction and headaches are beginning to culminate at the Orchard Hell Bullding. Now an Indigo Hotel, the 23-story eyesore is adding more parking options to the Hell Square streetscape. Its 24-hour public parking garage (aka “Hell Lot”) opens today, and is the first part of the project to officially open. That feat […]

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Stone Rose Lounge Might Take up Residence in the Hotel Indigo on Orchard Street

Posted June 24, 2015 at 5:00 am

After twelve years headquartered in the Time Warner Center, the swanky Stone Rose Lounge is headed down to the Lower East Side. The alleged move was reported in Page Six this morning, in which owner Scott Gerber noted that “We decided it was time for something new … like the Lower East Side.” We knew […]

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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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