Hotel on Rivington Racks up Nearly 200 Noise Complaints in the Last Year

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 at 9:38 am by

When Jia opened, June 2016

It might be twelve years old, but the Hotel on Rivington is still at odds with its neighbors.

The Hotel on Rivington appears to lead the 7th Precinct on the Lower East Side with the most noise complaints, according to the city’s 311 records. Looking at the open data set, Jia and Cafe Medi together racked up 182 recorded 311 complaints since opening in May and June of 2016 respectively (up to September 1). Police action was reportedly required on 74 of those occasions.

(For the record, though, there are a total of four establishments within the glass tower including the second-floor Szen Lounge and the penthouse bar.)

It’s taking a toll on locals, too. For instance, we are told that at least one new resident nearby was forced to move out given the purported threat to health, livelihood, and overall quality of life, incurring the moving costs after less than a year on the block. Neighbors within earshot continue to tell us that the noise emanating from this collection of nightspots makes the surroundings unlivable.

Contrary to its stipulations, there are often promoted events (e.g. VIP Room Sundays and ShorBlu Events) wait-lines, and double parking for guest drop-offs/pickups (blocking the bike lane).

“We have notified the State Liquor Authority about the chronic 311’s,” 7th Precinct CO, Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, informed us. “Additionally we did an inspection [Friday night] and issued 6 violations, all of which were forwarded to the SLA as well.”

It’s also worth noting that the hotel was targeted last month in a robbery. A 25-year-old man reportedly invited two new friends, who police believe are tied to another nearby robbery, back to his hotel room. The thieves took off with his laptop and phone after he passed out.

When asked further about the overall situation at the Hotel on Rivington, Hellman went on to say that the establishment is a priority for the 7th Precinct.

The caveat: open data only shows the “official” noise complaints logged by the city. There are plenty of other problem places in and around Hell Square that don’t notch as high with 311 complaints. Probably due to the phenomenon of “311 fatigue,” colloquially defined as the cessation of calls when no progress is made (aka giving up).

Recent Stories

Cops Tase Shooting Suspect who Pointed Loaded Gun at Officer on Columbia Street

Police tased a man suspected in an uptown shooting early Saturday morning on Columbia Street after he pointed a loaded firearm at an officer. 7th Precinct Police Officers Joseph Stokes and Daniel Amaral were reportedly driving along Columbia Street near Rivington Street at around 6am when they spotted a 2013 white Dodge Challenger that matched […]

‘Sunshine Cinema’ Gets its Demolition Death Shroud

Hope you got your final photos for posterity, as the facade of the Sunshine Cinema is forever lost. Demolition death shroud – consisting of scaffolding and netting – is now firmly in place, effectively obstructing progress of the takedown within. Owner-developers East End Capital and K Property Group, who together purchased the Lower East Side […]

Longtime Nightlife Promoter Eyes Vacated ‘Stanton Social’ Space for New Bar

Stanton Social is not five months in the grave, and we already have a preview of the next chapter. The collective ownership of the liquor license – twenty-four individuals, in fact – are divesting with a corporate change. Two new principles are instead taking the reins at 99 Stanton Street, effectively creating a new business. […]

With LES Gentrification at Critical Mass, the Time is Now to Pass Universal Rent Control [OP-ED]

Bob Angles, a resident living in one of the affordable units of Essex Crossing, penned the following editorial. Secondary displacement, better known as gentrification, has been creeping up and down our streets for the past decade. Yet, with the arrival of thousands of new, unregulated apartments between the Extell tower (i.e. One Manhattan Square) and […]

‘The First Time I Saw The Ramones’ at the 72 Gallery on Orchard Street

Photographer Tom Hearn spent the night of July 22, 1976 at the Acadia Ballroom in New Haven, Connecticut. Attending at the behest of friend Legs McNeil, co-founder of Punk Magazine, that was the first time he saw the Ramones play live. And he captured it on film for posterity. Now, those images are on display […]