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Why The Warwick Was So Popular This Week

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  Site Where: 65 W 54th St [map], NEW YORK, NY, United States, 10019
September 23, 2011 at 12:23 PM | by | ()

Despite their best efforts, United Against Nuclear Iran was not able to convince every hotel that it would be a bad idea to host Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. And now, after several days of being surrounded by vehement protests and demonstrations, The Warwick is probably regretting its decision to temporarily house the Iranian president and his entourage.

A CBS news reporter managed to sneak a camera into the hotel, and was welcomed by anti-Ahmadinejad activists, who had installed themselves on the eleventh floor. So what was the Warwick's excuse? Did they miss the memo? Were they making a ton of money? Did they just feel like going against the trend?

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Squatters Protest Park Plaza's London Art'otel

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  Site Where: Great Eastern Street, London, United Kingdom
July 26, 2010 at 11:56 PM | by | ()

For the rest of the week, we'll be focusing on the latest news out of Londontowne. Got a hotel we should check out or know of any tawdry London hotel scoop? Or better yet, got the skinny on where all the WAGs hang out? Tip us off.

It seems Park Plaza Hotels have quite a fight on their hands with their proposed East London artíotel london hoxton.

Park Plaza had planned to demolish The Foundry to build an 18-storey, 350-room hotel and retail complex housed in a diamond shaped building. But they clearly underestimated the publicís attachment to the venue in Shoreditch, East London. The Foundry was a well loved centre for music, art and design with a strong following and even has its own Banksy. Park Plaza have assured the concerned community that art scene will stay put thus the artíotel. (There's already a few art'otels in Europe if you want to check them out.)

Work should have already started on the hotel but it seems the group of squatters have other ideas.

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Essex House Workers Stage Protest During Sean Penn's Movie Shoot

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  Site Where: 160 Central Park S [map], New York, ny, United States, 10019
May 13, 2009 at 9:11 AM | by | ()

Well, this is sort of awkward timing for everyone: yesterday, workers at the Jumeirah Essex House on Central Park South (non-front-deskers, that is) staged a protest to call attention to "what they said was the hotel's failure to pay its banquet-room staff nearly $2 million in tips."

According to the New York Times, hotel workers in uniform stopped work entirely and "filled the hotelís lobby with more than 100 red-frocked chambermaids, toque-topped kitchen workers and banquet waiters, casually chatting among themselves." A few feet away, Sean Penn and a film crew were filming a scene for an upcoming movie (we assume it was Fair Game with Naomi Watts). Yeah, kind of uncomfortable timing.

Per the Times:

...The strike was called to protest what the union said was the hotel's failure to heed an arbitrator's ruling in 2007.

The ruling required New York City hotels, bound by the unionís collective bargaining agreement, to pay their banquet-hall employees what amounted to millions of dollars in tips that the arbitrator said the hotels had improperly calculated since 2003.

Fortunately, the protest was peaceful enough that the film shoot wasn't disturbed (good thing; wouldn't want anyone going on Christian Bale on the set) and, even more fortunately, the dispute between the hotel and its workers will be settled by an independent arbitrator on Thursday.

[Photo: Patrick Andrade / New York Times]

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'Slumlord Fashion' at The Jane NYC

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  Site Where: 113 Jane Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10014
February 17, 2009 at 10:56 AM | by | ()

Today, we really wish that we could have brought you some stunning pictures of Cynthia Rowley's fashion show being held inside of the The Jane's revamped ballroom, but being on the list doesn't mean anything if the show is overfilled, and so we ended up just kicking it with the protestors across the street.

While the fashion types made the trek down from the Bryant Park tents to the far West Village for the show and queued up in the cold wind, a few Jane residents and their supporters held signs to draw attention to their position in the conversion of the property from SRO residency to hotel. In fact, a few of the signs were quite catchy, such as "are bed bugs the new black?"

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