60 Orchard Street Striptease

Posted on: December 6th, 2010 at 6:38 am by

Late last week, the new condo tower at 60 Orchard Street worked one final striptease before giving up the pole for good.  The process of removing netting, wood beams, and scaffolding began Thursday and continued through the weekend.  By Saturday afternoon, much of the obstruction was gone.  So we now have a relatively unfettered view of the latest and “hippest boutique building” on the Lower East Side.

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As for occupancy, Curbed mined a pair of real estate listings in early November via Streeteasy, and they remain the only two units on the market.  At least for now.  Meanwhile, a sleek new website has just recently gone live.  Of course it teems with the usual brokerbabble, including the same tired selling point of luxury set alongside the old-world character of the Lower East Side.  That same character that this type of development actually destroys.

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At eight stories in height, 60 Orchard Street contains seven two-bedroom/two-bath homes plus a penthouse duplex. From street level, though, the building is decidedly out of context compared to its neighbors. It exudes a bit of the dark-side-of-the-force sci-fi feel, and boasts protruding rectangular window frames coupled with glassed-in Juliette balconies.

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Reconstructive surgery at 60 Orchard lasted for the better part of two years.  And it’s still not 100% complete.  This is a snapshot of the building when work first began in February 2009:

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