I thought this was a legal hostel???
So did I. Someone reported about that yesterday.
Just because it is legal, it still has to comply with building codes. Things like fire exits, sprinklers and the like. Even if a building is legally zoned for hotel use, it still must comply with the safety codes. My assumption is that this place must have ran afoul of the building codes.
If it is indeed a legally zoned hostel, I hope that these violations are corrected and that they are up and running soon. NY needs affordable places for folks to stay.
After staying in a variety of NYC hostels, this is one of my favorite places to stay. I am honestly AMAZED that this place is closed. Its a well run establishment and the arguably one of the best/safest ones in NYC. I am very curious to hear why it was closed-down. :( I sure hope it wasn't bed bugs....
I don't think the Buildings Department gets involved with bed bug issues? Based on the comment from the hostel's web page below, maybe it was something structural? It wouldn't normally take "a few months" to fix a fire exit or something.
The Buildings Department of
the City of New York
has shut down the Big Apple Hostel.
We are trying to get the problem resolved as fast as possible.
Unfortunately it will take a few
months to complete.
Thats a pre-war building....sprinklers in rooms. fire escapes in the bathrooms....4 beds at most per room. great location. I dunno.....
Cited for fire safety issues, including inadequate means of exit; overcrowding; And it seems that the Mayor's Special Task Force determined that they do not hold a Certificate of Occupancy to operate as a hostel/hotel.
by now, my booking for December has been cancelled too...so, not something they expect to fix short term...?
I agree that the Big Apple Hostel was/is an excellent place to stay. It was the best hidden deal in town. The documents states overcrowding. We may see the 2 pairs of bunks drop down to just 2 twins maybe? Then it will be even more difficult to get a reservation. Good luck to them. I'll be watching for a grand re-opening. :)
photo's don't make the place look overcrowded to me....since when are bunk beds not fine in hostels???
If the place isn't properly zoned/licensed/registered as a hostel, then putting bunkbeds in all the rooms will be considered overcrowding.