Despite the unifying theme, it doesn't seem as if the neighbors are too thrilled about it. One neighbor told the Post that while the hotel says there's no money to fix a leak, they managed to find some dough to commission the street art. Hmmmmm....
But despite what the neighbors think, graffiti might be a genuine hotel trend. The Ace Hotel has a graffiti wall which is comprised of black and white graffiti stickers. The Maritime Hotel put up a Graffiti Projection Wall last year and as did The James Hotel in Chicago and the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles. Abroad, the Baby Grand Hotel in Athens features 55 graffiti rooms. Recently, we noticed a wall in the entrance drive of Hotel Erwin featured some local Venice street art.
So, graffiti as a new hotel trend? We certainly like it better than mass-produced city skyline photography. But it takes a certain kind of hotel to pull off the graffiti trend in way that's hip but eye-pleasing as well. We'll check back in with Cooper Square on Nov. 10th and see how it looks then.
What do you think of hotel graffiti--Innovative or trying too hard? Let us know in comments below.