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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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CB3 Approves Hotel Indigo and Wassail, Lambasts Hair of the Dog

Posted August 19, 2014 at 5:36 am

It might be the dog days of summer, but at the SLA subcommittee meeting last night for Community Board 3, it was still a packed house. Some twenty applicants vied for license approvals, eight (!) of which reside in Hell Square alone. Herewith, a quick and dirty recollection from our brief three-hour stint. Wassail, 162 […]

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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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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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