Matt Moss Thinks Tenement Laundry is Something You Want to See When Paying $500+ A Night
We must have missed this over the MLK Holiday but we were recently googling the drama-plagued Cooper Square Hotel yesterday and we came across this article in the NY Times from January 20th.
The topic is how NYC developers are working around tenants who refuse to move or be relocated. This is actually something that Gregory Peck told us about when he talked Cooper Square last summer.
The hotel is attached to a four-story tenement building which will not be torn down and will instead continue to house its long-time residents on the top two floors. The Cooper Square Hotel will keep offices on the second floor and basement.
We are a bit torn here because no one wants to see long-term residents booted for a large vibrator-shaped hotel but Matt Moss might be overreaching about his hotel guests' expectations.
Mr. Moss says he considers it an asset that guests in the $100 million hotel, which opens this summer, may peer down on a tenement roof where laundry is being hung out to dry.
"That's the kind of thing people want to see," he said.
Um...no. Granted this is NYC and most hotel room views are of a brick wall so looking at laundry could be an improvement. Yet saying that guests paying $500+ a night would want to see tenement laundry might be stretching it a bit.
Also, we think Matt may not have quite understood the whole hotel voyeurism trend. It's the guests who are supposed to be the objects of voyeurism, not the residents next door.
We wanna know what you think. Is laundry on the line an asset now when staying on the Bowery? Put your thoughts here.