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).

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