Orchard Street?proud, history-laden Orchard Street?should seriously consider having its tubes tied. The block still hasn't healed from birthing the Thompson LES luxury boutique hotel, and across the street, the Orchard Street Hell Building continues to ravage its surroundings. And while the Lower East Side has many other hotels in various stages of planning, it's safe to say that Orchard Street probably doesn't need any more of them. Oh well! The building at 163 Orchard Street, between Stanton and Rivington, was recently torn down, and Department of Buildings records show that a 10-story, 32-room hotel is planned for the site. We're not sure how the 107' height of the building meshes with the pending LES rezoning, but the developers might not be concerned: architect Ramy Issac, a guy who knows a thing or two about massaging building codes, is named on an application. As you'll see after the jump, construction is in its early stages, but neighbors are already on edge. A pair of complaints logged on July 22 stated that construction activity was causing neighboring buildings to "wobble and vibrate." One person even felt the need to tell the 311 operator that his clock had fallen off his wall. Hey, time flies when you're having fun!
· Application: 163 Orchard Street [DOB]