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Bay Ridge Vs. the Prince Hotel

Tenants defend the hotel they call home

Brooklyn Daily

Longtime residents of a Bay Ridge hotel and boarding house — some of who have lived in the building for more than three decades — are striking back against accusations that the Prince Hotel is a rent-by-the-hour shag pad that lures hookers and drug dealers to 93rd Street.

Susan Marchitella, who’s rented a room at the Prince Hotel by the month for the past four years, said building owner Moses Fried runs a clean establishment — not the hotbed of crime enraged neighbors claim.

“There’s no drug problem in here, no more than in any other apartment building,” Marchitella said, adding that she’s personally witnessed the building’s front desk staff turn away people who were either under the influence or trying to rent a room by the hour.

Another resident who’s lived in the Prince Hotel for more than 30 years, but insisted on not being named, said she’s seen nothing out of the ordinary at the hotel she calls home.

“There’s couples going in and out, young ladies going in and out, young men going in and out. But I don’t know if it’s prostitution or not because I don’t know anything about it,” the resident said.

Marchitella said that the crackpipes and hypodermic needles residents say they routinely find in front of the building come from the 93 Lounge, a bar that rents a storefront space inside the Prince Hotel that police have labeled a “problem location.”

She also praised Fried as a landlord, claiming that he’s continually fixing the building.

The Prince Hotel has a handful of monthly tenants, but Marchitella says that doesn’t make the building a single-room-occupancy dwelling where low-income tenants rent rooms and share a toilet — despite reams of city paperwork stating otherwise. Each room has its own bathroom, Marchitella claimed.

City rules forbid hotels from moonlighting as single-room-occupancy dwellings.

The hallways to the Prince Hotel were being cleaned when we visited the hotel last week, but Marchitella would not allow us to check out her room.

Ted Moustakas, a longtime Prince Hotel critic who owns a house on the block, agreed that 93 Lounge might be the real source of the drug paraphernalia found on the pavement, but stood by his claims that the hotel is used for prostitution.

“I see the same cars pull up in front every week and guys go in with girls,” Moustakas said.

Attempts to reach 93 Lounge owner Ronald Coury was unsuccessful by our online deadline, but in a previous interview Coury said his lounge caters to an upscale crowd that doesn’t misbehave. The sins neighbors claim his customers have committed occurred under the bar’s previous owner, he said.

“They were complaining about me before I even purchased the place,” he said.

The city’s Department of Buildings has summonsed the Prince Hotel for fire safety violations and for working on the building without a permit. Hearings on the violations are scheduled to be held this week.

The city has already shut down two of Fried’s other buildings. The Princess Hotel on Schermerhorn Street between Hoyt and Bond streets in Downtown and the Prince Lefferts Hotel on the corner of Lefferts Place and Classon Avenue in Clinton Hill were both closed after the city learned that the buildings weren’t up to code and prostitutes frequented both spots.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at wbredderman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

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Tim says:
I am sure Mrs. Marchitella is a fine woman but she is defending the hotel because it's where she lives and she doesn't want to lose her apartment. She's a bit biased.
July 5, 2012, 12:17 pm
Michele from Brooklyn says:

The owner, Moses Fried, and Mrs. Marchitella are not dealing with reality!

The only way to get a room at the Prince Hotel is by the day. On the 14 day you are told to leave regardless of whether you are finished with your stay or not. I tried getting a room for a week like I have when on vacation but was denied. If the Prince Hotel is an actual hotel then it should accept credit cards. Plus allow guests to stay for more than a one-day for CASH ONLY!

I encountered a cockroach in the bathroom and the smell of pot in the air all night long. The weekend nights were noisy. Personally I Ieft the television on all day and night to drown out the noise. Or at least I tried to because the hotel seemed to lose electricity several times a day that cause the TV and converter box to reset and turn off. During my stay there were children also staying in the hotel along with the cast of characters.

There was a hurricane called "Sandy" that left me as well as others with no place else to go. Not knowing when or where I would find a new place to call home left me with only the "Prince Hotel" to sleep. I was smart enough to buy a can of Lysol and bleach (for the bathroom) before registering. I also had a room that I opened the bathroom and closet doors and place a chair in the closet to keep anyone from opening the door on me.

I checked for bedbugs and sprayed everything in sight. I "bleached" the bathroom. Honestly to my surprise, the sheets were clean as were the towels. After a few days, I purchased a cheap broom and mop and cleaned the whole room. The room needed serious cleaning; the mop was black as was the water. Fortunately the 5 gallon detergent bucket made for a nice mop bucket as well as trash can.

Luckily I found a nice apartment that I could call home within a week. The staff was the only nice part about the difficult stay. They recognized the fact that I was "out of place" there and made my stay easier and comfortable. The staff gave me a set of linens whenever I asked.

The “Lounge” on the first floor co-exists with the hotel. The activities in the “lounge” seep into the hotel. The activities in the hotel need much to be desired. The male/female patrons are given to the imagination. The word “pros” does come to mind though.

Realistically in a storm, this place is a port. However all of the rooms need to be redone, seriously. The beds are all broken. The furnishings have to go to the dump because they appear to be taken out of the trash. There is no reason for the accommodations to be in such horrible shape.

Rates start at $75 plus taxes of $15 each day (which starts at Noon) and UP. The cheapest room totals $1,260 after 14 days (and if you could stay there for the month it’s $3,000) which when you think about it a studio in Bay Ridge starts at $750 a month.

Realistically the Prince Hotel is an “afternoon delight” BOOM BOOM in the room room kind of place as I can attest to through my first-hand experiences of the surrounding rooms during my stay.

Seriously if the owner Moses Fried wants to run a hotel, I recommend that he spend at least $1,000 a room (or $50,000) on the entire place to clean up the “PRINCE Hotel”. The place is a dump and he should be ashamed of himself for his claims. Hopefully, the city, state, or community will shut down this sham and replace it with a viable hotel for visitors in Bay Ridge.

LOHO, SOHO, NOHO and Tribeca have excellent examples of small hotels that cater to the out of towners slash tourists. Bay Ridge can take a long hard look at the way Manhattanites deal with deal with the likes of “Prince Hotels”.
Nov. 26, 2012, 11:23 pm

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