'Whatever,' Says OWS Protester Who Stayed At The W Downtown
When we last spoke to Andaz Wall Street's GM Toni Hinterschloisser, all seemed quiet on the Wall Street hotel front. But there is another FiDi spot that has become entangled in the Occu-Phenomenon: namely, the W New York Downtown. The NY Post has learned that several key OWS protesters decided to go occupy $500-a-night hotel rooms—rather than church basements like the rest of the 99%—after Zuccotti Park was cleared out two weeks ago.
The paper identified two protesters, 24-year-old Brad Spitzer, an analyst at Deloitte, and Brooklynite Peter Dutro, who co-manages the movement's $500,000 in funds, as having booked rooms at the Freedom Tower-facing hotel. Apparently, the appeal of W's Whatever/Whenever service was just too hard to resist (or maybe it was the sexy cocktail waitresses they were after.)
Then again, considering the rooms don't even offer free WiFi, that's a high price to pay. How else are they supposed to keep up with their fellow comrades down on the ground?
Having caught up with Spitzer—who was named by several employees as a "repeat guest"—in the lobby of the hotel, he offered only these words:
"Tents are not for me."
Meanwhile, Dutro was a little more forthcoming:
"I knew . . . there was a high probability of getting arrested. I wanted a nice room. That’s OK. Not everybody there is dirt poor.
It is an expensive hotel. Whatever."
Exactly what the hotel would want him to say!