Airbnb and Uber Disrupt NYC's Hotel and Taxi Biz

Soon you'll be able to hail a cab in parts of Manhattan with a few quick taps on your smartphone thanks to the Taxi and Limousine Commission and companies like Taxi Magic, Uber and Hailo

This week on New Tech City, host Manoush Zomorodi sits down with GigaOm reporter Ki Mae Heussner to discuss New York City's one-year e-hail pilot program which starts February 15. 

Then, WNYC's Ilya Marritz delves into the debate over the room rental startup Airbnb. Its service has turned thousands of apartments across the five boroughs into mini-hotels.  Tourists who rent the rooms like the affordable prices, and enterprising homeowners and renters applaud the service as an easy way to help out with monthly mortgage and rent checks. 

But despite working with Airbnb to find rooms for 400 Sandy victims, the Bloomberg administration has said the startup has run afoul of New York City's multiple dwellings law

Marritz profiles Nigel Warren, a 30-year-old web designer and Airbnb host hit with $30,000 in fines after renting his room to a Russian tourist.