From Fire to Hotel at 95 Henry Street

Posted on: June 29th, 2010 at 6:35 am by

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At roughly 9:15 pm on May 14, 2009, a fire sparked to life inside the Hong Kong Supermarket at 109 East Broadway.  Hours later, the beloved neighborhood marketplace and two tenement buildings – 107 and 109 – were consumed by the flames.  In those ensuing weeks, the blaze site was quickly cleared away, and has since remained a sandlot imprisoned behind a chain-link fence.  Not anymore!

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The fencing is now upgraded to plywood, so as to shield the construction that has recently begun.  Indeed, peering behind the barricade, fresh dirt mounds indicate that the backhoe is already hard at work with earth moving.  Stacks of wood panels and steel supports are also scattered about.

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Permits and diagrams on file at the DOB for 95 Henry Street indicate that a seven-story hotel will reportedly rise from the ashes of the Hong Kong Supermarket.  That’s right, another friggin’ Lower East Side hotel.  Below is a schematic of the current proposal.  By the way, the architect is Michael Kang of Nolitan fame.  Uh-oh.

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This diagram is an aerial view:

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And for posterity…

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[April 2009]

Read more on the Hong Kong Supermarket fire.

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