NEW YORK – Visitors to Standard hotel in swanky Manhattan New York, may be in for a public surprise when using the restroom. A giant unobstructed window allows the outside world to see their activity.
NDJ World | Published: Sep 17 2012 Travel
The 18th floor of the hotel is occupied by the Boom Boom Room Club and going to the bathroom there is indeed a ‘public’ matter.
Restrooms are fitted with huge windows intended to give its users a magnificent view over the Big Apple. Visitors don’t realize however that the windows offer no protection from public view at High Line Park below and people eagerly stop and stare and point … upwards.
There are no curtains covering the windows and no warning signs are posted anywhere. Most visitors using the restrooms believe the windows are ‘one-way’; they can see out but no one can see in.
Australian visitor David Langdon said he realized the windows weren’t one way when he noticed people below waiving at him while he was using the toilet.
Langdon’ daughter said, “the experience is a bit uneasy because perverts below take pictures of you doing your private affair”.
Florentina Ballesteros said she didn’t care who saw what and simply waved back to the crowd below. “Who cares I have to pee,” she said.
This isn’t the first time the Standard Hotel is put in the spotlight for “over the top extravagance”. In 2009 the hotel received complaints after passersby could see people having sex in their rooms.
Just one year prior the hotel was given the architectural award for best new building of the year.
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