A New Rendering of the Orchard Hell Building

Posted on: May 17th, 2010 at 6:36 am by

Judging by the new Misrahi Real Estate sign now hanging from the Orchard Hell Building, it seems that, one year later, the strip-mall threats could be back on the table.  The latest rendering boasts a more modest two-story row of retail, hawked as 160,000 square-feet of space plus underground parking.

This image has been archived or removed.

Just a few months ago, developer Morris Platt indicated that he was shelving all plans to construct a hotel-slash-residential complex at 180 Orchard Street.  That it would instead be 100% residential with ground-level retail.  The DOB reportedly first approved his plans, but then reneged after some typical political shenanigans.  The operative word now is stalemate.  In the meantime, the quasi-built disaster languishes while the Misrahi folks try to sell a pipe dream to prospective tenants.

This image has been archived or removed.

Given all the demolition, head-butting with locals, constant plan changes, and stalling, we’re basically back to square one here.  A single-story row of retail was razed for a towering hotel that never materialized, only to be reduced again to low-rise retail.  And there’s still nothing to show for it but crumbling concrete.  What a disaster.

Recent Stories

Another Events Space Called SOMMwhere Rises on Ludlow Street

Once an events space, always an event space. That’s the story at 48 Ludlow Street where a new one just opened. What was the Koala Farm studio for a brief moment is now SOMMwhere. It opened last weekend, pitching itself as a “stylish and sustainable escape” for your next shindig. The media advisory is longer […]

Croman’s Amato Opera Building on the Bowery Welcomes ‘Kissaki’ Sushi Next Month

The onetime Amato Opera on the Bowery – renovated and upscaled years ago – will get a high-end sushi restaurant called Kissaki. Eater reported this week that former Gaijin chef-owner Mark Garcia is behind the 26-seat Omakase venture at 319 Bowery. The Omakase menu will cost $160 for twelve pieces of Nigiri and four kaiseki-style […]

This Guy and Girl Stole a Locked Bike from Inside Orchard Street Building [VIDEO]

A man and his girlfriend were caught on camera Thanksgiving night while stealing a locked bike inside an Orchard Street apartment, the victim tells us. Surveillance video from inside 78 Orchard shows a couple enter the building – perhaps buzzed in by a neighbor – then pause for a moment. In a cavalier move, the […]

‘Peasant’ to Stay on Elizabeth Street Under Chef Marc Forgione

So, it turns out that Peasant will remain on Elizabeth Street, after all. But under new ownership. One month ago, we reported that founding chef-owner Frank DeCarlo reportedly decided against renewal. An apparent change of heart unfolded in the interim… The New York Times this week disclosed that DeCarlo sold the business to Marc Forgione, […]

Longtime Orchard Street Laundromat Felled by Rent Hike

A longtime laundromat on lower Orchard Street is set to close by year end. The Orchard Cleaner and Laundromat is counting the days to December 31, after which its lease reportedly expires. A purported rent hike for the renewal is the cause behind this latest closure. However, details regarding the percentage increase are not immediately […]