Co-owner of Lincoln Tunnel Motel in North Bergen Brings TikTok Followers for Kindness and Generosity to Guests – CBS New York
NORTH BERGEN, NJ (CBSNewYork) – The co-owner of a motel in New Jersey gains notoriety, gathering more than 800,000 subscribers on TikTok.
It’s not for the money he earns, but for the way he treats his guests and helps them through some of their toughest times.
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As CBS2’s Thalia Perez reports, it started out as a free night for everyone who followed her on TikTok, but the overwhelming response showed Brian Arya that during the pandemic many faced housing insecurity.
Arya, who goes through LTMotel on the social media site, says he quickly started offering free rooms to anyone who needed a place to stay, no questions asked.
Arya’s TikTok page was already gaining momentum for her comedy sketches with Steven, a guest who became a permanent motel tenant 20 years ago, and the page is just as humorous as it is inspiring.
He says once his 800,000+ subscribers heard about his generosity, donations poured in. In a TikTok, he says that a stranger who didn’t even stay at the motel paid for the next guest’s room.
Some of the donations were food and clothing.
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Arya says her family have owned the Lincoln Tunnel Motel on Tonele Avenue in North Bergen for over 30 years.
“When I got here it was a 1.4 star rating and I joked a lot about it,” Arya said.
Now, he says the motel’s rating has jumped to 3.5 stars, but the biggest job, he says, after taking over the family business is delivering a simple message.
“I know not everyone has a 41-room haunted motel available to help people, do they?” But everyone has something to give back, ”he said.
Follow in his father’s footsteps and make him proud every step of the way.
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CBS2’s Thalia Perez contributed to this report.