Jane Hotel residents protest Cynthia Rowley show

by nobugsonme on February 16, 2009

in bed bugs, bed bugs in hotels, new york, new york city


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Racked reports that residents of the Jane Hotel in New York are picketing the Cynthia Rowley NYC Fashion Week show being held on the premises.

Genius picket sign?

“Question: Are Bed Bugs the New Black?”

In New York, baby, you know they are.

The Jane has been trumpeted by its owners for its quirky “Mansion in decline” and “Darjeeling Limited” vibe.

The bed bug problem complained of by long-term tenants has been mentioned in the press before. In December, 2008, the New York Observer noted that, while the Jane was being revamped from an SRO (f/k/a/ the Hotel Riverview) into a $99-a-room hotel,

Holdovers from the Hotel Riverview era claim to be getting the raw end of the deal. Eviction notices began arriving in short order. At least 10 current tenants are now facing homelessness, according to the busy docket at housing court.

Those who remain describe insufferable living conditions throughout the ongoing reconstruction effort, citing rodents, bedbugs, heating and plumbing problems, including “broken water pipes which caused cascading waters to flood the bathrooms, feces and other bodily discharges on the bathroom floors,” according to court papers.


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