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Live at 11: Sexual Escapades at the Public Hotel

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It is, of course, a story that the tabloids and local television stations found irresistible: guests of Ian Scharger’s new Public Hotel at 215 Chrystie St. having sex in full view of the neighbors. Now a local elected official is weighing in, demanding that Scharager address the concerns immediately.

Here’s the statement that came in late last night from City Council member Margaret Chin:

No one should be subjected to the graphic scenes described in today’s New York Post. I stand with the residents at 10 Stanton Street and neighboring buildings to express my total disgust over the behavior of the Public Hotel and its guests. These despicable actions are evidence of their total disregard for the children, parents and grandparents who live in this community. I join outraged residents to demand that the Public Hotel, and its principal, Ian Schrager, act immediately to address the concerns of the working families and seniors who call this neighborhood home.

The 28-story hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows is located right next door to 10 Stanton St., a Section 8 building. In fact, the hotel was built in the affordable housing complex’s former garden.

Here’s a sampling from yesterday’s tv coverage.

Channel 7:

The Lower East Side isn’t exactly known for keeping things tame, but residents on Stanton Street say what they’ve been putting up with lately is beyond edgy. The issues involve a swanky new hotel and the raucous happenings inside, including X-rated acts staring at local residents right through their windows.

Channel 4:

Some residents on the Lower East Side say they are fed up with what they call lewdness at a brand new hotel. Now, those people are fighting back. The Public Hotel opened in June right near a housing complex, and residents say they’ve seen guests having sex and being engaged in other lewd acts through the windows. “They’ve taken pictures,” one resident said. “They leave their blinds open. It’s getting ridiculous now.”

Channel 11:

Residents in an affordable housing building in the Lower East Side say a new hotel next door has been a bad neighbor – area residents are getting an unwanted peep show through the giant windows of the Public Hotel. “Tenants are looking out of their window and they see people in the nude, having sex,” Deborah Gonzalez told PIX11 News.

The hotel has declined to comment about the situation.


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