Royal pain: Overdose death at Prince Hotel

Goodnight sweet prince: A guy died from an overdose at the Prince Hotel this weekend, officials said.
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A man died from a drug overdose at Bay Ridge’s troubled Prince Hotel on April 30, officials said.

Neighbors have long alleged the 93rd Street flophouse is a den of drugs and vice. City officials announced they’d take over the hotel near Third Avenue and sell it at auction next month — a sale that cannot come soon enough, the local councilman said.

“The community and I look forward to the June 8th auction date of the property,” said Councilman Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge), who claims the death was drug-related and expressed sadness for the death. “Any thought that the Prince Hotel is a healthy place to stay or live is simply a fallacy.”

A manager found the 42-year-old victim unresponsive on the floor of his room after he did not check out of the room at noon on Saturday, sources familiar with the incident said.

The hotel has racked up more than $400,000 in fines for dangerous building conditions.

And calls for enforcement against the Prince intensified last year after the Department of Education announced plans to open a pre-kindergarten facility about 500 feet away on 93rd Street near Fourth Avenue.

Mayor DeBlasio apologized for not cracking down on the lewd lodge sooner and pledged action at a town hall on Feb. 16. A day later, sheriffs raided the hotel’s register and began garnishing its income. The city announced in March it would seize the building and sell it at auction to recoup the fines.

A medical examiner has not determined the man’s cause of death, officials said.

Reach reporter Dennis Lynch at (718) 260–2508 or e-mail him at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Lisa from Staten Island. says:
This "guy" has a name. He has a family. We love him and miss him very much. We would give anything to turn back the clock.
May 4, 2016, 5:53 pm
Joe Bangles from Bay Ridge says:
One less piece of subhuman filth plaguing our neighborhood....
May 4, 2016, 9:28 pm
Mike says:
I'm glad Councilman Gentile has determined the death to be drug related before the medical examiner did
May 10, 2016, 9:51 am
Cheeta says:
Gentile did play a doctor once in a short-film so he is qualified
May 17, 2016, 5:22 pm
Myrna from Bay ridge says:
Is it animal friendly?
Sept. 30, 2017, 5:49 am
Colly Michael's lil sister from St.petersburg fl says:
This " guy" has a name his name is michael.he was the greast man you would ever be lucky enough to know! He was my big brother and I miss him beyond words forever and ever I'll be devestated. I wish the world could have know Micheal and then you would see and feel the great loss of him not here. He leaves behind 3 sister's and a younger brother, 3 neices 2 nephews The most amazing 13yr old son who misses his dad every waking day.gone way to soon, always loved we miss Michael๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’” . Sincerely, colly for ever devestated.
Nov. 19, 2018, 10:03 pm

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