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Standard Hotel Flouts the "No Tell Motel" Tradition by Asking Guests to Show It All

New York City Travel
by Kate Sedgwick Aug 25, 2009

Sex sells and the Standard Hotel of New York is getting more than its fair share of attention through a now deleted blog post (see it here in cache) titled “Viewer Discretion is Advised!” from July 5th.

What started out as sleazy adult fun meant to titillate and generate a little controversy could have unintended consequences as pervs of all stripes use the hotel’s floor to ceiling windows as a way to expose themselves to people of all ages, some still complying with the mandate that they not come within 100 yards of a school.

New York Magazine, along with the New York Post and various other blogs are reporting that visitors to the nearby High Line Park in the quickly gentrifying Meatpacking District in Manahattan are getting an eyeful as guests to the hotel deliberately create sexy spectacles for anyone to see – including families out for an evening stroll.

According to New York Post, visitors to the park have seen people deliberately putting on a show for them including a nude woman jumping on a trampoline and that, “[d]isgusted neighbors say they’ve seen men masturbating, professional porn films being shot and couples engaging in sex in full view of the stunning High Line park path running alongside.”

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More interested in High Line Park than ever? Check out Julie Schwietert’s photo essay from its first days.

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