Weekend Fight, Noise, Traffic Among Murray Hill Residents' Gripes

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Neighbors of the hip Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel say enough is enough.

As CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reports, Murray Hill residents say since the hotel opened in 2010 they’ve complained that it has been the source of loud noise, traffic on the weekends, crowds gathering on the street and parties in the rooftop pool that seemed more like a “Girls Gone Wild” video.

Their latest frustration came early Sunday morning when groups of young adults leaving the clubs inside the hotel clashed on Park Avenue South. Neighbors could hear the screams and then the sirens.

“Punches being thrown, women screaming, there’s about a dozen people out there,” described Jim Allen, who recorded video of the melee from his apartment. “I was about to call the police, and then I heard and saw three police cars respond.”

An ambulance also arrived to treat people for minor injuries. Allen also caught video of one young man who needed assistance just to cross the street.

“It’s intolerable,” Allen said.

Residents have met repeatedly with hotel management and been promised things will get better — promises that have proven to be empty, they say.

Mario Messina, president of the 29th Street Association, said he is sending video of Sunday’s incident to the New York State Liquor Authority and asking that regulators withdraw the hotel’s liquor license.

“I believe that unless something drastic is happening and the authorities gives us a hand, it’s going to get worse,” he said.

Calls to the Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel and its public relations firm, Nancy J. Friedman Public Relations, were not returned.

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