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LES Airbnb Host Fined; Butcher Bar LES Arrives Tomorrow

An East Village resident was fined for charging $446/night for her city-subsidized apartment on Airbnb. [NY Daily News]

Greenpoint food and event space Glasserie has been temporary closed by the city’s Department of Buildings. [Eater NY]

Chef Damon Wise—a recent transplant from South Carolina after years of working in NYC—returned back to the South (Atlanta) after helming Greenpoint eatery Sauvage for four months. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »

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City Shuts Down AirBNB Inside of Aviv; Harvest Cyclery Struggles Amid Construction

On November 21, a loaded gun was discovered at Green Central Knoll park in Bushwick, kicking off a now-closed investigation. [Bushwick Daily]

A real estate company secured a $90 million construction loan to finance both a Bushwick Avenue and Evergreen Avenue apartment building, which will feature 232 rental units combined. [The Real Deal]

City officials recently put an end to 10 Airbnb listings operating from inside former Greenpoint music venue Aviv, which shuttered on Halloween. [Gothamist] Keep Reading »

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How Williamsburg Airbnb Hosts Are Dealing With the New Law Against Home Sharing

17-airbnb-logo.w245.h368.2x1As you surely know by now if you rent out your apartment through Airbnb—whether you’re a working stiff making a few extra bucks each month to cover your rent or an enterprising bartender making $45,000 a year pimping out your friends’ pads—the jig is just about up. A new state law threatens to push many users out of the short-term rental business, so Bedford + Bowery asked several Airbnb hosts from the home sharing hub of Williamsburg how they plan to deal with the new regulation. Keep Reading »

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Airbnb Renters Steal $30K; EV Italian Old-Timers in Trouble

Two police officers running a red light were injured when a Nissan crashed into their vehicle yesterday afternoon in Williamsburg. The Nissan driver was also hospitalized. [DNA Info]

In two separate Williamsburg thefts on July 24, Airbnb renters stole nearly $30K in combined property. [DNA Info]

In response to the landlord of 36 Linden Street turning off the cooking gas in several apartments, a judge ruled that electric stoves must be provided to tenants. [The Real Deal]

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Bid to Curb Airbnb May Bring Hostels Back to the City

The White House Hotel, now closed on the Bowery (Photo via New York Magazine/ Courtesy of White House Hotel)

The White House Hotel, now closed on the Bowery (Photo via New York Magazine/ Courtesy of White House Hotel)

Travel to almost any international city, from Berlin to Lima, and chances are you can to drop your bags at a cheap hostel filled with bunk beds and Ikea furniture, hassle free. 

Not so in New York City. Even one of the last standouts, the hostel (something of a flophouse, in reality), The Whitehouse Hotel on Bowery, closed “temporarily” last year and has yet to reopen. But a new bill, introduced to City Council by Margaret Chin, could allow hostels to thrive, a prospect that has major implications for how we discuss the battle between Airbnb and critics of “illegal hotels.”

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Airbnb Teams With Brooklyn Chamber, Encourages Tourists to ‘Explore BK’

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 7.19.20 PMAirbnb has taken a lot of heat from politicians who claim the apartment-sharing service is driving up rents and facilitating the skirting of hotel and housing laws (not to mention the horror story that recently appeared in the Times), but today Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams is touting the service’s new partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

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City Council Unveils $2M Plan to Beef Up Enforcement Against Illegal Airbnb Rentals

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In response to complaints that illegal hotels, including Airbnb rentals that violate the law, are worsening New York City’s lack of affordable housing, undermining the city’s hotel market, and causing safety issues in apartment buildings, New York City Council members have announced a comprehensive plan to double the city department responsible for investigating violations.

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Public Advocate Blames AirBNB For Brooklyn's Affordable Housing Crisis

17-airbnb-logo.w245.h368.2xPublic Advocate Letitia James is calling on AirBNB to boot its “illegal hotel kingpins” and blaming the apartment-sharing service for an affordable housing crisis in Bushwick, Greenpoint and other Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Last month, a nationwide survey found that Brooklyn had the least affordable housing of any county in the nation, with 98% of the average family’s wages needed to cover the median home cost. James thinks Airbnb is one of the culprits. “By helping turn a portion of our scarce housing supply into short-term rentals,” she writes in a letter to the company’s co-founder and CEO, “Airbnb and the illegal hotel operators it enables are contributing to the affordable housing crisis.”
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In Parody Video, 'Share Better' Coalition Throws Roaches and Bedbugs in Airbnb's Face

With its fight against the New York Attorney General simmering, a new campaign has been launched to fight Airbnb. is a group of community activists, organizations, elected officials, and others who went public today with an assault on the apartment-sharing service, which they believe is more of a disservice to the community.
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