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Disrupting the Hamptons Rental Markets

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Airbnb is a way for travelers to rent a room in most cities around the world. Airbnb is a way for travelers to rent a room in most cities around the world. (Natalie Fertig/WNYC)

Matt Chaban, New York Times Metro reporter, looks at the effect of Airbnb and Craigslist on vacation rentals on the East End of Long Island. Have you taken advantage of the peer-to-peer economy for your weekend rentals?

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Comments [3]

John from Manhattan

Framing the discussion of airbnbs in the Hamptons as an issue in which the superrich are being inconvenienced by crowds they'd prefer to avoid may be part of the picture but it is not the whole picture or even the most important part of the picture. A town like Amagansett, where my wife and I have a house, is not simply what people think of when they think of a "Hampton," it is a real community, an actual town, with schools, churches, a fire department, etc. Parking at one of the beaches in Amagansett is restricted to residents--but "residents" has less to do with, say, Stephen Spielberg and people like him, and more to do with the guy who teaches biology in the middle school or the woman who works the check-out desk at the town library. Increased density--and the issues which increased density produces, like noise, trash, and traffic--may inconvenience finance moguls with vast second homes, but if they want to they can escape it. People who actually live in a town like Amagansett can't, and the degree to which increased density undermines their ability to enjoy their home town should be part of this conversation.

Jul. 03 2014 12:26 PM
Robert B from Gowanus Beach

Oh, Dan, that's a bit of a stretch: there's plenty of public beachfront from Brooklyn out to the East End - you just want to be in the chic areas so you can hobnob with the rich & famous. I have passed many pleasant days sunning myself on the public beaches from Coney Island to Orchard Beach to Fort Tilden to Jones Beach. Don't tell me there isn't anyplace for the poor to see the ocean - you just don't want to be among them!

Jul. 03 2014 12:01 PM
Dan k from park slope

Let's just be clear that now that the rich own all the real estate on the coast, the only way for the rest of us to have a weekend on the beach is to use something like Air BnB. Some countries and states don't even allow property ownership on the beach. Now we're so restricted, the poor may never even see the ocean..

Jul. 03 2014 11:58 AM

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