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WNYC News

Inspectors’ Gadgets Find Illegal Airbnbs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

For a little over a year, New York City has been using sophisticated data-crunching software to zero in what it sees as illegal hotels, and it seems to be having an effect.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Use Airbnb Without Getting Evicted

Friday, July 11, 2014

A look at what's legal and illegal when using Airbnb to rent out a room or your whole apartment. And we hear your gripes about — and praise for — the service.

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WNYC News

On the Bowery, Homeless to Hipsters Almost Overnight

Thursday, March 06, 2014

With the sale of a community center, the Bowery's transformation into an upscale playground is nearly complete.

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New Tech City

Two True Stories from the Airbnb Wars

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A musician supports his Brooklyn lifestyle by renting out rooms in Manhattan. And a landlord spends years trying to remove an illegal hotel operation from his building.  It's a tale of two Airbnb citizens.

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New Tech City

Airbnb Boasts 10,000 Visitors This Marathon Weekend

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Airbnb founders gave almost $15,000 to Bill de Blasio's campaign for mayor.

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Airbnb Claims $632 Million in Annual Economic Activity in NYC

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Airbnb is very popular in New York City, but many room rentals through the website may not be exactly legal. Now the company claims it's providing economic stimulus to neighborhoods across the city. 

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New Tech City

Airbnb Suffers Setback In NYC Court Decision

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A New York City judge has issued a rebuke to Airbnb, the popular short-term home rental site. 

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WNYC News

Judge Rules City Must Keep Sandy Evacuees in Hotels

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A judge has ruled that the city must continue to pay for hotel rooms for 890 Sandy evacuees who still don't have permanent homes to move into. The city tried to end the hotel program April 30th but Legal Aid sued, arguing the date was set arbitrarily.

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WNYC News

Judge to Decide if Sandy Victims Must Leave Hotels

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hundreds of Sandy victims still without permanent homes are waiting for a judge to decide whether they must leave the hotels they've been staying in since shortly after the storm hit.

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WNYC News

Sandy Evacuees Say They Are Still in Hotel Limbo

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Thousands of families that evacuated during Sandy remain in temporary hotel situations with no concrete plan to get them back into permanent housing, according to the evacuees and groups advocating on their behalf.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hotel Hospitality

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Jacob Tomsky reveals what goes on behind the scenes of the multi-billion-dollar hotel industry. He’s worked in “hospitality” for more than a decade, doing everything from supervising the housekeeping department to manning the front desk at an upscale Manhattan hotel, and his book Heads in Beds is an irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life. He also shares his insider’s advice on how to get the best service!

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Features

Bumbling Guests at the Waldorf-Astoria Sweeten the Menu

Monday, June 18, 2012

As city restaurants search for ever more locally sourced foods, the Waldorf-Astoria has enlisted some very buzzy workers for the task.

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WNYC News

Hotel Workers Win Substantial Raises

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

More than 20,000 hotel workers appear to be reaping the benefits of a thriving hospitality industry. A recent labor contract agreed to on Tuesday has workers earning a 29 percent raise over 7 years.

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WNYC News

Mayor Backs Extension of Higher Hotel Tax

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The hospitality industry isn't happy about it, but New York City is poised to extend higher taxes on hotel stays.

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WNYC News

Hotel Rates Rise as More Visitors Come to the City

Friday, July 15, 2011

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New York City hotels are capitalizing on the growing number of business and leisure travelers coming to the city by raising their prices. The average daily room rate in May was $252, up nearly 9 percent from the same time a year ago, according to the hotel research firm Smith Travel Research.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Hotels

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lisa Fickenscher, a senior reporter for Crain's New York Business, gives a quick overview of the extravagant hotel room market in light allegations that IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted a woman in a $3,000-a-night suite in Midtown Manhattan.

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Micropolis

Times Sq. Hotel Ranked Among America's Filthiest

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hotel Carter, ranked the No. 4 dirtiest hotel in the U.S., has made the annual survey of the nation's top 10 filthiest hotels for the fifth time in six years, according to TripAdvisor's Dirtiest Hotels 2011.

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WNYC News

During Downturn, City Adds Record Number of Hotel Rooms

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

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Since the financial crisis hit in September 2008, the city has added a record 9,200 hotel rooms, 10 percent of total supply. Experts say before the financial crisis, Manhattan hotels turned customers away because there was so much demand. Now, there are lower rates and less demand.

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Micropolis

Hotel For Orthodox Jews: Yes to Yiddish, No to TVs

Monday, November 08, 2010

There's a Brooklyn hotel boom underway, according to the Daily News -- with four times as many rooms today as there were five years ago -- and that includes hyper-specialized hotels, like the new, 35-room Condor, in Williamsburg. It's the third in the borough targeting Orthodox families and businessmen:

To accommodate families of Hasidic Jews who limit their kids' exposure to popular culture, there are no TVs in the rooms. You won't find Bibles there either, but you will find stands for the wigs traditionally worn by married Hasidic women.

The concierge at the front desk speaks Yiddish. Of course, don't expect anyone to answer the phone from sundown to sunset on the Sabbath, which runs from Friday evening to Saturday evening, or on holidays when the use of phones and other electrical devices is shunned by observant Jews. Also during the Sabbath and holidays, so-called Shabbos elevators stop on every floor.

With a 3,000-square-foot ballroom in the basement (including separate entrances for men and women), the hotel will also try to compete with neighborhood catering halls for weddings and bar mitzvahs.

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Features

James New York Hotel Opens in SoHo

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Like a bastion of gentrification casting its shadow over TriBeCa, the 20-story James New York Hotel is the third in a string of modernist hotel towers to crop up in the skyline of downtown Manhattan.

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