ROCKAWAY BEACH (PIX11) –Danny Ruscillo is furious.
“Bad joke? I’m sorry that is not a joke. That is insulting,” said Ruscillo, the president of the 100th Precinct Community Council in the area of Rockaway Beach.
Ruscillo has never seen anything like what he saw online about the Hostile Hostel in Rockaway Beach. The crime-oriented marketing plan was created by the operator of the hostel, Laura Jones. where according to DNA Info., she labeled some of the rooms online as quote; “The Whore House,” “The Wife Beater Bungalow,” and “The Gang Violence Bungalow.”
“How do you get names like this? Where did this come from? This is outrageous. The community don’t need this. This is not a nice thing to do and if anybody finds it to be funny, we don’t,” said an agitated Ruscillo to PIX 11 News on Thursday.
Ruscillo wasn’t alone in his criticism. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder was speechless when he heard about the way the blue compound on Beach 88th was being portrayed online, “You have to have respect for the neighborhood that you’re moving into and when you come up with names that are downright insulting and offensive to so many people who have worked hard to change the image of Rockaway, it’s unacceptable.”
As for the property owner Tim Hickey? He was disgusted after PIX 11 News broke the news to him. The father of three little girls had no concept as to how his tenant was portraying his building as well as his neighborhood, “When she gets here I’m going to talk to her myself,” said Hickey.
A few hours later, Jones connected with PIX 11 News and offered up the following, “Yes it was a bad joke. It was in poor taste and I sincerely apologize for offending anyone if I did.”AlertMe