Ex-IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released on bail yesterday afternoon, hours later than he expected to leave, because there were problems with where he'd be spending his extra-supervised house arrest. After Bristol Plaza, an Upper East Side building on East 65th Street found out that Strauss-Kahn's wife rented an apartment for him, they said no deal because residents didn't want an alleged sex attacker and media circus. So the security company overseeing the house arrest has installed him at 71 Broadway, which made prosecutors upset.

Assistant DA Artie McConnell pointed out, "This location is in downtown Manhattan it's one or at most two lanes of traffic there. It's near Ground Zero, and near transit hubs and construction sites. It's an extremely problematic area for the police to control... To throw what has become a very large media presence into the mix in that part of town is really potentially crippling to downtown Manhattan."

71 Broadway is an upscale rental building, with studios starting at $2765/month—the Daily News notes there are "corporate apartments [with] gleaming white kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows and walk-in closets. Two-bedrooms rent for more than $4,000 a month, and guests have use of a fitness center and a billiards room." However, Strauss-Kahn, who has to pay for the $200,000/month security, is allegedly "locked in."

Still, while 71 Broadway is nice, the NY Times reports that Strauss-Kahn was expecting the "deluxe" UES accommodations at The Bristol Plaza (the website says it's "better than a hotel" and there's daily maid service). But one person staying there said, “It doesn’t seem quite right for him to be put here with the rest of us, enjoy our hospitality, after what he’s been accused of doing. The discrepancy between Rikers and here is probably very great, and it doesn’t seem quite right." A lawyer for Strauss-Kahn explained, "Last night there was an effort by the media to invade the building. That is why the tenants in the building will not accept his living there," claiming that Strauss-Kahn family decided not to reside there "out of respect" for everyone else. (71 Broadway doesn't get that respect!)

The Times adds, "The Bristol Plaza was not the only building that objected to the possibility that Mr. Strauss-Kahn might move in. Lawyers for Columbia University alerted the district attorney’s office that they did not want Mr. Strauss-Kahn to stay with his daughter, who lives in graduate housing on 112th Street, according to a lawyer briefed on Columbia’s position."

Strauss-Kahn was indicted on charges of two counts of a first-degree criminal sexual act, and one count each of attempted rape, sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, sexual abuse and forcible touching.