“Getting a room” in New York can be expensive for tourists but lucrative for landlords who illegally rent furnished digs by the night instead of monthly as prescribed by NYC’s tough rent laws. After Sandy ripped the facade from the front of a small downtown apartment building, the eerie dollhouse perspective of these then- viral photos revealed strangely similar decor in all the units and very small rooms even by New York standards. Now we know why. The joint
was an illegal hotel for European tourists and the landlord owed over $30,000 in 2011/2012 fines for
doing work without permits.
After the collapse, the city cited the property owner, 92 8th Avenue Realty, LLC, for a “failure to maintain building walls”.