|THE GRAND HOTEL|
|Crew: ||Producers: Douglas Massell - Cinematographer: Douglas Massell - Editor: Douglas Massell|
Single room occupancies are a housing phenomena created in New York City during the 1930's. A majority of these buildings are hotels built in the late 19Th and 20Th centuries. Many of these SRO'S, which they became commonly known as, are of the highest architectural style and craftsmanship. SRO's are not all equipped with kitchens and bathrooms. Tenants commonly share bathrooms that are located on each floor. Over the decades SRO's have seen a revolving clientele of residents. Typically they house people of lesser means, individuals that are impoverished, mentally ill, or suffering from substance addiction. From the late 20Th century to today's current time, single room occupancies have become a housing option for students, artists and immigrants. The film gives viewers a unique look inside an SRO. The wave of gentrification sweeping through the city has left few of these housing oddities in existence. Interviews with tenants and visuals of children playing in hallways are some of the moments that capture the life of residents living in The Grand Hotel.
Douglas Massell was born and raised in Red Bank, New Jersey. He resides in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City.