The city has slapped an Upper West Side landlord with the first $5,000 fines under a new law passed to crack down on illegal hotels.
Hank Fried was whacked with a dozen fines totaling $60,000 for advertising rooms in the Marrakech Hotel on Broadway near 103rd St., which the city says is operating illegally in what is supposed to be a single-room-occupancy and apartment building.
A state law signed last fall prohibited the advertising of illegal units — ones that violate a prior law barring the renting of entire apartments for less than 30 days.
The law was pushed as a way to go after illegal listings on the home sharing site Airbnb. But Fried is not a host on that site, and instead advertised his units on Hotwire.com, Booking.com and other websites, city officials say.