Orchard Hell Building Capped After 10 Years in Development

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 at 5:38 am by

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A ruined Lower East Side block

The Orchard Hell Building is all growns up; it reached a rather significant milestone last Friday afternoon. After a breakneck final stretch of construction, the future Hotel Indigo is now capped and carrying the requisite flags of various nationalities. And there it sits, intimidating with its skyline-busting twenty-three stories, and further contributing to the claustrophobia of this upper block.

Fuck, it took long enough…

2004 was the year that 180 Orchard Street (and its neighbors) was reduced from a row of low-rise retail to rubble. Crazy to think that it’s taken some ten years to reach this momentous occasion. If for nothing else, it offers some form of closure for a beleaguered block that contended with nothing but noise and nuisance for so long. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; that fucker still isn’t complete yet, and the noise surely won’t stop once it’s open.

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Upper Orchard Street in June 2004, Photo: Curbed

And here’s another oldie-but-goodie that dates back to the summer of 2009, when local artist Marco decorated the length of the plywood eyesore with his token cartoon characters.

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Marco painting plywood of 180 Orchard, August 2009

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