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Davey Drill Arrives Ahead of 6-Story Development at 194 Orchard Street

Posted July 15, 2014 at 6:03 am

Even as the Orchard Hell Building nears completion, there is no light at the end of the proverbial tunnel for upper Orchard Street. There’s infrastructure work beneath East Houston; a rumored development that will swallow the corner once anchored by Bereket; and a six-story residential building at the old Leather Gallery on Orchard Street. Plans […]

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Fashion Flight: Any Old Iron Moves to Nashville, Synchronicity to Williamsburg

Posted June 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

So-called “fashion flight” continues to plague Hell Square. Two more threads shops just called it quits on the pock-marked stretch just below Houston. Blame that effin Orchard Hell Building (nay, Hotel Indigo) for the boutique woes here. Within the last couple weeks, seemingly in one fell swoop, the neighborhood lost both Any Old Iron and Synchronicity. […]

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The Orchard Hell Building (aka ‘Indigo LES’) Will Have a 13th Floor Pool Bar and Exploit Lee Quinones

Last modified May 28, 2014 at 9:15 am

The notorious Orchard Hell Building, soon to be rechristened “Indigo LES,” is described thusly by its architect, the Stephen B. Jacobs Group: “The proportions and materials of the brick base of the building respond to the existing context, while the contemporary metal-clad and glass tower above is a beacon in this rapidly changing neighborhood.” More […]

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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 […]