Progress Report: 119 Orchard Hotel Hits 6 Stories

Posted on: July 11th, 2013 at 6:22 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

No week is truly complete on the Lower East Side without the mention of another damn hotel project in the works. Especially with regard to the decimated upper leg of Orchard Street, between Delancey and East Houston. Thus far, only one of five planned hotels on the block actually came to fruition – the Thompson LES. The other four projects remain in various states of completion. Time to revisit the fate of 119 Orchard Street (aka 120 Allen).

Despite amassing a small collection of stop work permits in the past, construction work onsite has been rather steady for the last few months. The lot gradually transitioned from mid-block crater to six stories of steel framework. Flatbed-bound cranes are a common sight these days, not to mention the recent addition of an elevator shaft on the Allen front. Brickwork is also visible on the Orchard facade, providing an early taste of what’s to come.

This image has been archived or removed.

DOB paperwork confirms that the ten-story hotel will of course boast a restaurant alongside its rooms. Architect behind the project is the Long Island-based firm Arnold Montag & Associates. Still no renderings, but those pesky “public benefit” placards remind us how great another Lower East Side lodge will be. Said signage predicted a June 2013 completion. Oh well.

On a related note, the height of the building, which carries an Orchard address, seems suspicious, considering the updated zoning regulations were passed before the predecessor was ever demolished. Structures are limited to eight stories in this spot…

This image has been archived or removed.

Recent Stories

Vision Urbana Donates 1,500 Turkeys to NYCHA Residents in Largest Turkey Drive on the Lower East Side

The turkeys are coming! This week, Vision Urbana announced the largest ever turkey drive on the Lower East Side. It’s a feat which provides turkeys to over 1,500 families in NYCHA this Thanksgiving. Door-to-door turkey drop-offs have already begun, via Vision Urbana’s food pantry home delivery network. Just in time for folks to have their […]

Clayton’s Corner: Bloodied at the Bodega

We received a dispatch from Clayton Patterson about an aggro homeless man bothering business at the SX Grocery. You’ll recall that the family-owned bodega fell victim to an ATM cash machine heist, in which the robbers made off with $8,000 cash. Now, the store is apparently contending with an area homeless man who is “very […]

B&H Dairy Robbed, Cash Register Stolen

B&H Dairy is licking its wounds following yet another criminal incident on-premise. Late Monday night, the restaurant was robbed. Ownership reported on Facebook that its front door was compromised and its cash register stolen. The perp ran with the bounty around the corner to East Seventh Street, where co-owner Ola Abdelwahed found the machine busted […]

Astor Place Hair Saved by Deep Pocketed Investors, Including its Landlord

Astor Place Hair was all set to close this week, concluding an impressive seven-decade run. The pandemic reduced customers and business plummeted. Thanks to an eleventh-hour cash infusion, though, the barbershop will stay put. Indeed, news broke yesterday that a conglomerate of investors joined forces to raise the necessary capital. The group includes financier Jonathan […]

Eight Years After Extell, Still No Supermarket for Two Bridges

With One Manhattan Square an eyesore of the Lower East Side skyline for so long, it’s almost impossible to remember what came before. Almost. Indeed, it’s been eight years since Pathmark officially closed its doors, leaving the surrounding Two Bridges community bereft of an affordable supermarket. For much of the local population, a walk to […]