Howard Johnson hotel in West Farms off to a good start
The Howard Johnson hotel on Boston Road in West Farms opened more than a week ago. There was controversy about the new hotel opening, but hotel employees say so far they've had a positive response from the community.
Last year the Alps Hotel was shut down after being labeled a hot sheet hotel. Bronx residents were worried about having another hotel in the same location.
People staying in the hotel say they haven't seen anything that looks like prostitution or drug deals going on. Residents in West Farms say they're optimistic about the new hotel.
The Howard Johnson is at 60 to 70 percent capacity, and some tourists staying there say they already have plans to come back.