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What has neighbours of this lux NYC hotel up in arms?

New York City’s fancy Public hotel could change its name to Pubic hotel. Or perhaps, its name is already adequate, given the recent going-ons at this property are anything but private.


Residents around the brand new Lower East Side hotel have been complaining about couples constantly having sex in full view of their homes, the New York Post reported.


A guest room at the Public hotel


“Guys are together, girls and girls are together. They don’t even pull the shades down,” said Leonor Fernandez, 68, whose grandchilderen apparently visit her several times a week.


And the lewd scenes aren’t confined to their hotel beds either, with guests often doing it against the windows.


“You see them having sex all the time, hands on the window,” said 26-year-old Melissa Santos, who lives in Fernandez’s building. “Not like I’m a peeping Tom, but from the corner of my eye, you can see this going on four times a week.”


While nearly 50 noise complaints have been lodged against the luxury hotel since it opened in June, a legal expert said the city couldn’t do much about their concerns.


“The whole question is whether it’s going on in pubic: If you’re in your house or something [such as a hotel], you’re safe,” said Manhattan lawyer Lance Fletcher.


Rooms at the 376-room hotel start at around US$225 per night. But if you’re staying there, please close your blinds.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 4 August 2017

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