Park offers X-rated views of hotel guests

NEW YORK (AP) - August 26, 2009

Guests at the Standard Hotel in Manhattan keep failing to close the curtains as they frolic naked in front of their rooms' floor-to-ceiling windows, easily viewed from the High Line park below. The park recently opened atop an abandoned elevated rail line.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has called the hotel's window action "unacceptable."

Aaron Lipman works in the neighborhood and says the shows are "healthy and fun." He says they're like TV's "Wild Kingdom."

The hotel issued a statement Monday saying its managers will try to "remind guests of the transparency" of the windows.

The hotel won an award from the Municipal Arts Society of New York for best new building erected last year.

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