The comparison of this story with the OWS squatters really is amusing to me. As the NYPost dubs him, Nanny Bloomberg, aka Mayor Bloomberg – has forced the Algonquin Hotel to rid itself of it’s mascot and beloved kitty, Matilda. While on the other hand, he has supported, encouraged and generally bent over backwards for the riff raff in Zucotti Park – you know the ones: the rapists, thieves and police car crappers, those guys infected with fleas, lice and now, TB.
According to the hotel manager:
“The [Health] department in the past months suggested to us that pets in food-service facilities are no longer commingled.
“The lobby is an area where we serve food and beverage. We always want to be respectful of the Department of Health.”
A DOH spokeswoman said, “According to the New York City Health Code, live animals are not allowed in food-service establishments unless a patron needs a service dog.”
She said Algonquin managers told an inspector they had an “electronic fence to contain the cat,” and the inspector “reminded them that the cat is not allowed in food-service or preparation areas.”
At a preliminary inspection on Nov. 10, The Algonquin received 20 violation points, worth a B grade if they aren’t corrected on a follow-up DOH visit.
None of the violations involved Matilda.