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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. The Share Better Coalition 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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30 Tweet-Worthy Moments From the Webby Awards, Hosted by Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt (Photo: Ko Fujimura)

Patton Oswalt (Photo: Ko Fujimura)

Hours after Bill de Blasio kicked off Internet Week, the technorati poured into Cipriani Wall Street last night to see Patton Oswalt host the 18th annual Webby Awards. The comic was quick to poke fun at websites whose founders were in the audience: “Even if I eat it tonight Reddit will find a way to blame it on the wrong person,” he quipped.

Here, now, are the ceremony’s most memorable (or shall we say, Tweetable) moments.
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Airbnb Hosts: ‘I’m Not Hurting Anybody, I’m Not Hooking, I’m Not Selling Drugs’

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It’s no secret that the Airbnb economy is thriving in New York City — after all, the Times was on it this week. Visitors to the city can tap in to the crash-pad social network to rent out anything from enormous luxury loft apartments in Williamsburg (for mere hundreds of dollars a night) to cozy, but apparently windowless futon-hallways in the East Village for as little as 60 bones. Airbnb isn’t couch-surfing cheap, but it still offers travelers a more affordable option than hotels and lets outsiders in on the less tourist-riddled pockets of the city.
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