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Staten Island DA shuts down hotel known for prostitution

Staten Island Motor Lodge (Google)

Police shut down the Staten Island Motor Lodge on Tuesday night. (Google)

GRASMERE, Staten Island — The Staten Island DA shut down a Grasmere hotel known as a hotbed of prostitution and other illegal activities Tuesday night.

NYPD vice officers executed a nuisance abatement closure order at the Staten Island Motor Lodge following a series of community complaints and 911 calls to the hotel over the years.

“Having grown up not far from this notorious ‘quick sheets’ hotel, I know that it has been a constant  nuisance on the surrounding community for far too long,” said DA Michael McMahon. “It has served as a haven for prostitution and other illegal and dangerous activities.”

Staten Island Motor Lodge allowed short rental stays, McMahon said. The location was also heavily featured in sex worker ads on backpage.com. Several injunctions designed to prevent illegal activity will be imposed on the hotel before it is allowed to reopen.

“Let this serve as a warning to the owners of any other seedy hotels or businesses operating in Staten Island,” McMahon said. “Where criminality can be identified, we will prosecute to the full extent of the law.”