Crime-Infested Courtesy Hotel In West Hempstead Finally Torn Down

WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island hotel known for criminal activity is no more.

Cheers erupted as Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray gave the signal and a wrecking ball barreled into the Courtesy Hotel  Thursday in West Hempstead.

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“Goodbye to the discourteous Courtesy Hotel!” Murray yelled.

Residents have battled for more than a decade to get rid of the hotel which is located next to the West Hempstead Long Island Rail Road train station. The hotel was known to be a hangout for criminals and drug addicts.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports: Out With The Old, In With The New

“Every kind of bad nightmare that you could envision for your neighborhood happened here,” Murray said.

Within the next two years, a four-story apartment complex with 150 rental units, along with a swimming pool and clubhouse, will replace the crime-infested hotel.

Murray hopes the apartments will bring in young people who want to make Long Island home.

“The neighborhood is going to have a chance to come back,” one resident said. “Something like this gave the neighborhood a bad name.”

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  • kendra

    will then good riddence to it if its that serious cause those problems can go hand and hand if tyou ask me.

  • fd;lh

    n@#%^R cesspool

  • karlson

    “The hotel was known to be a hangout for criminals and drug addicts.”

    And when the new apartment complex is built the area will still be a hangout for criminals and drug addicts. Is the underground bowling alley still there? There are fast food places right down the block which are hangouts for trouble.

    The 5th precinct should set up a satellite precinct in one of those unused parking lots across the street.

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