BOYCOTT THE MARRIOTT:
Find Out Why The Boycott is Back
After another year of attempting to settle the ongoing conflict between Spoke the Hub Dancing and the Fairfield Marriott hotel owner and Madison Avenue developer, Marc Freud of Troutbrook Realty, all negotiations have once again broken down.These negotiations began last Labor Day with Freud/Troutbrook threatening to sue Spoke the Hub with a frivolous lawsuit. This past week, despite the best efforts of the Fairfield Marriott's own management team, Freud/Troutbrook once again refused to honor their obligation to make Spoke the Hub, Groundswell and Gowanus Arts whole again.
Prior to the latest stalemate, the Fairfield Marriott recruited a hotel associate, David Price, to step in. Price was given the daunting task of brokering a settlement deal between the Marriott and Spoke the Hub - and he did so brilliantly. His compromise proposal, which was presented with Freud/Troutbrookâ€™s collaboration and approval, was accepted by both Spoke the Hub and the Gowanus Arts building owners. It included repaying the Gowanus for the damaged wall Freud/Troutbrook had agreed to repair (and then didnâ€™t); putting money into escrow for a new mural to replace the free Groundswell mural Freud denied the Gowanus Arts building two summers ago; making both community not-for-profit arts organizations - Spoke the Hub and Groundswell - whole again; and providing Spoke the Hub with an ongoing youth dance scholarship into perpetuity. Again, in the 11th hour, Freud refused to sign off on his own teamâ€™s settlement proposal, one of his excuses being "his hotel was currently not making enough of a profit" to pay the not-for-profits their due.
Thus, STHâ€™s BOYCOTT the MARRIOTT protest is back on. Find out how you can join our August into Fall sidewalk protest performances in front of the hotel. Buy - and wear! - our BOYCOTT the MARRIOTT t-shirts, and help us paint our first of three bed bug murals on one facade of our building this August. We also ask all neighborhood artists and arts patrons to encourage your visiting families and guests to stay at any one of the many other hotels in our neighborhood when they come to town.
Or, if they must stay at the Marriott, ask them to write a review about the hotel on TRIP ADVISOR, HOTEL.COM and all other online hotel review sites, specifically noting our artistsâ€™ boycott. Help us spread the word about the hypocrisy of this international hotel conglomerate, and the deplorable behind the scenes behavior of their franchise owner in particular. For further information on how you can join our protest performances and mural painting projects, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.