Orchard Hell Building


Orchard Hell Building Reveals Fancy Brick Facade

Posted March 27, 2014 at 6:08 am

Now fully erect at 23 stories, the decade-in-the-making Orchard Hell Building is exposing itself in another fashion. By stripping down to its skinny bricks. No more fishnets for this Lower East Side player. Hotel Indigo means business. We ambled past the shadowcasting hulk the other day and noticed that a large section of the completed Orchard […]

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Renderings Show New Development to Replace Low-Rise 50-62 Clinton Street

Last modified March 26, 2014 at 9:55 am

The gradual disappearance of businesses along the only low-rise strip of Clinton Street was part of a grand plan for another development. With the passage of each commercial tenant, rumors abounded about what might take its place (Rothstein’s Hardware is still there, but moving soon). We kept hearing mixed-use residential, as first reported here back […]

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Orchard Hell Building Capped After 10 Years in Development

Posted March 10, 2014 at 5:38 am

The Orchard Hell Building is all growns up; it reached a rather significant milestone last Friday afternoon. After a breakneck final stretch of construction, the future Hotel Indigo is now capped and carrying the requisite flags of various nationalities. And there it sits, intimidating with its skyline-busting twenty-three stories, and further contributing to the claustrophobia of […]

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Ludlow Hotel Unveils New Website; Bookings Start in Springtime

Posted February 18, 2014 at 5:15 am

The Orchard Hell Building has been hogging headlines of late, so let’s look one block eastward… With exterior pretty much complete, and work now focused on the guts of the joint, the Ludlow Hotel is finally just a few furlongs from the finish line. It’s been a rough race for this thoroughbred, having stalled out for […]

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Atop the Orchard Hell Building in Sub-Freezing Conditions

Posted January 24, 2014 at 9:04 am

Neither fierce winds, snows, nor hypothermic temperatures are keeping contractors from completing the Orchard Hell Building. It ain’t gonna build itself. There are a few bundled-up workers toiling in the early mornings (alas), hammering away roughly twenty stories in the air, yet somehow not freezing to death. We shot these photos yesterday morning when the […]

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Demolition Imminent for 194 Orchard; 6-Story Condo Building Coming Soon

Posted January 24, 2014 at 5:51 am

As if construction hell couldn’t get much worse for upper Orchard Street, demolition is imminent for the one-story building at 194 Orchard. We already have the Hotel Indigo (aka Hell Building) bottlenecking the block, and also the recent infrastructure work to rehab the water works. We first reported on the demise of 194 Orchard last […]

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Orchard Street Dug Up as Part of East Houston Reconstruction Project

Posted January 16, 2014 at 6:05 am

The East Houston reconstruction project – now in its ninth year – refuses to let up. As the weeks pass, the vehicles inch ever eastward toward the river. Infrastructural repairs are now underway at the corner of Orchard Street, where surgery has already begun to “install and connect the new trunk water main.” The procedure […]

The Orchard Hell Building from Ludlow vantage point

Orchard Hell Building Slapped with Stop Work Order Thanks to Falling Debris Onto Ludlow

Posted January 10, 2014 at 5:23 am

With a decade of constant headaches and aggravation under its collective waistband, 180 Orchard Street isn’t called the Hell Building for nothing. The monstrous 22ish-story structure, imminently to become the latest in the Hotel Indigo franchise, again lived up to its name earlier this week, nearly injuring someone in the process. We’ll explain. According to […]

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Grate at Orchard/Stanton, August 2013

Orchard Hell Building Construction Busts Open Sewer Grate on Orchard Street

Last modified November 8, 2013 at 8:01 am

Lost in the ongoing coverage of the swiftly rising Orchard Hell Building is the dangerous foot trap at the northwest corner of Orchard and Stanton. Thanks to the never-ending ebb and flow of construction vehicles on the block, the sewer grate outside Rosario’s Pizza has been compromised. Neighbors, including activist-photographer Clayton Patterson, maintain that trucks […]

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Neighbors Uneasy as Orchard Hell Building (Hotel Indigo) Grows to 14 Stories

Posted November 4, 2013 at 6:07 am

Just as locals had maybe started to stomach the skyline status quo of Hell Square, this fuckin’ happened. The Orchard Hell Building is now well above the corniced canopy of its surroundings, having already reached a height of roughly fourteen stories. Once fleeced of its negative nickname, the 22-story skyscraper will become the latest outpost […]