SCENE: New York City's Naked Hotel
Guests at Manhattan's trendy Standard Hotel have been giving passersby something to look at
Looking for dinner and a show in New York City?
You might think about packing a picnic and heading to Manhattan s new High Line park, a renovated strip of elevated train track with an unusual view: the towering, glass-walled Standard Hotel, where immodest guests have developed a reputation for cavorting naked without drawing the curtains.
Since opening earlier this year, the park has become a prime viewing platform for goings-on in the rooms of the trendy hotel, a phenomenon that has been covered in detail by the New York Post, which recently sent a pair of reporters to check in – and check out the illicit action.
According to the Post, the Web site for the hotel – which, like L.A.’s Chateau Marmont, is owned by Uma Thurman’s ex, hotelier André Balazs – even encouraged guests to document their in-room escapades and to leave the curtains open for outsiders to watch.
“It’s all about sex all the time, and you’re our star,” the hotel reportedly stated on its Web site (which has since been cleaned up).
PEOPLE.com recently visited the area, where locals confirmed that guests at the Standard can regularly be seen in all their glory through the hotel’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
“I have never heard any customers complain,” says Robert Mullen, a manager at Los Dados restaurant, which has a fine view of the hotel. “People are paying for those rooms, they can do what they want in it.”
“It is actually kind of good this is happening,” he adds. “It’s is drawing people to the area.”
Said one mother visiting the park near the hotel, “My kids are too young to realize what’s going on, so they aren’t going to be looking up. It’s when you bring a kid that s around 7 years old. They are aware of it. That is when it is a problem in my eyes.”
Cleaning Up Its Act
A spokesman for the Standard issued a statement to PEOPLE Aug. 26, confirming they are now attempting to reign in any potentially offensive behavior. “The hotel has always been sensitive to the concerns of its friends and neighbors. In light of recent comments about the conduct of guests in the privacy of their rooms, the hotel will make a concerted effort to remind guests of the transparency of the guest room windows.”
Their efforts have so far satisfied New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who initially bashed the hotel for not being respectful of visitors to the High Line park, but now tells PEOPLE in a statement, We are encouraged by the action they have taken, and we will continue to work with both the hotel owners and the community to monitor the situation.
• Reporting by ISLEY KASICA