Neighbors vow to wage “shame campaign” against unwanted Flatbush hotel

April 10, 2012 03:00PM

One New York City neighborhood is not welcoming new hotel development, the New York Daily News reported: East Flatbush. Neighbors to the newly proposed lodge, on Foster Avenue near East 59th Street, say the hotel will almost certainly draw unsavory elements, as there is little tourism in the area.

“If you’re putting a hotel right next to a junkyard, what kind of people are you going to attract?” Roy McKenzie, president of the East 59th Street block association, told the News. “It’s going to attract prostitution, drugs.”

But because the hotel complies with the city’s zoning ordinances, there isn’t much neighbors can do, the News said, which has prompted them to vow to take pictures of the hotel’s customers and post them publicly in a “shame campaign.”

Co-owner Danny Mehta said the planned hotel won’t have hourly rates.

“People are not going to want to come there if they’re going to get their picture taken. They don’t want that type of attention,” said resident Stephanie Fleary. “That will drive people away.” [NYDN]