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Neighbors Demand ‘Last Call’ For Parties At Upscale Park Avenue Hotel

Residents: Summer Fun At Gansevoort Park Hotel Has Gotten Out Of Hand
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Angry residents in a Manhattan neighborhood are fed up with a high-end hotel and they are demanding that its liquor license be revoked.

First it was the noise, but now neighbors said they are up in arms over what they call “indecent exposure” on the roof of the Gansevoort Park Hotel, where rooms often start at $400 a night.

The hotel’s parties have turned it into a hotspot on summer weekends, where neighbors said they have photographed young women in bikinis pulling down their tops and baring their bottoms, stories above Park Avenue South.

Residents of pricey apartments in the neighborhood told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello on Thursday that they were not amused by the action at the Gansevoort.

“They’re coming to the city to be wild. They don’t care who is living there,” 29th Street Neighborhood Association chairman Mario Messina said, “It’s the wrong place and the wrong time to do something like that.”

But it isn’t just neighbors who are bothered by the alleged behavior.

A family from England wrote a Trip Advisor review that cautioned future guests about what they saw at the hotel’s pool.

“The main problem we had was the swimming pool — pool bar and area — which was ridiculously over-crowded and pretty much unsuitable for children after lunchtime,” the family wrote.

It isn’t just the pool parties that neighbors were miffed by. The hotel’s nightclub also drew the ire of residents for apparently hosting loud weekend parties.

“Sometimes in the middle of the night you hear a lot of screaming, like maybe drunk people,” said neighbor Josh Baran.

Residents have become so irked by partying hotel patrons that Messina wrote to the New York State Liquor Authority and requested that the liquor license for the Gansevoort’s rooftop be revoked.

The liquor authority has received pictures of the rooftop antics and told CBS 2 that it will look into the matter.

Hotel managers have repeatedly met with residents, but neighbors told CBS 2 that the hotel has not done enough to address their concerns.

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