Profitable hotels and landlords quickly make money from Sandy who charges $ 700 per night for a single room in New York
- Craigslist clogged with rooms going for increased prices
- With the canceled marathons, some owners try to make up for their losses
- Some landlords refuse to participate in the crowds to offer rooms and facilities to people in need
Greedy landlords and hotel owners who wanted to earn money quickly from thousands without power or displaced by Hurricane Sandy exploited people's despair by demanding excessive prices for a daycare.
From yesterday morning, Craigslist was full of messages for expensive rooms, with one advertisement promising people the luxury of a one-bedroom apartment with electricity for a & # 39; only & # 39; $ 700 per night.
& # 39; Stay in comfort and style until power returns again & # 39 ;, the Post reported.
It wasn't just Craigslist vultures. The Red Carpet Inn in Bushwick typically charges $ 99 for a Friday, but charged $ 500 through hotels.com, according to the New York Post. The New York Palace Hotel in Midtown had also raised its prices $ 100 per night to $ 600.
Marathon weekend is one of the busiest times of the year at Hilton Garden Inn
The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan has raised its prices from $ 100 to $ 600
A manager from that hotel urged the Post that they did not benefit from the aftermath of the hurricane.
& # 39; We do not charge them extra, & # 39; said the unidentified manager. & # 39; It is because of the hurricane that we had a high occupancy rate and if we have a high occupancy rate, rates will go up. & # 39;
When power was restored to lower Manhattan and the New York City Marathon was canceled, prices began to fall rapidly.
Hotels in Midtown that recently claimed to be fully booked suddenly offer rooms close to their regular rates.
On Friday, tourists trying to book rooms in New York City were referred to hotels in New Jersey via a travel site.
Even with the ability to squeeze out every last penny, people were still trying to do the right thing.
A Staten Island hotel owner refused to deport storm casualties so that he could book marathon runners with reservations.
The New York City Marathon is one of the busiest weekends of the year for the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomfield, said owner Richard Nicotra.
But with thousands plunging without electricity and temperatures, Nicotra gave the rooms to storm refugees.
Vultures: Some people advertised rooms for a $ 700 a night to people displaced by Hurricane Sandy
& # 39; These are my neighbors, & # 39; Nicotra said ABC news. & # 39; Am I going to throw out my neighbors who have lost everything, who have no place to go, for someone traveling here to ride a race? & # 39;
He even organized the wedding of a local resident at the hotel. Contracts with the NYC Road Runners Club – official marathon sponsor – are the lifeblood of Nicotra & # 39; s business, but his bosses still supported him in his decision.
Nicotra called both the club and individual guests to explain the situation, which means a total of 180 cancellations by guests.
& # 39; Well, they weren't happy about that, of course, & # 39; he said. & # 39; But we asked them to watch on TV, watch what's going on on Staten Island. & # 39;
Although he couldn't offer them rooms, Nicotra promised a free cot, free meals and a free shuttle to the starting line as an alternative.
& # 39; This was larger than all of us, & # 39; Nicotra said. & # 39; But we told them: & # 39; Come and we will take care of you. & # 39;
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