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Many New Yorkers afford their astronomically high rents by using Airbnb, supplementing their annual income, on average, by more than $5,000 per year. This is fine as long as users do not list multiple properties at a time, and thereby run "illegal hotels," per New York law. And yet, in late 2014, State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman commissioned a report that found 37 percent of all New York City hosts (earning more than $168 million in revenue) were...
On Tuesday, a New York Times headline read, “Airbnb Releases Trove of New York City Home-Sharing Data,” thereby announcing the company’s long-awaited response to the Attorney General's claims that the business was actually running illegal hotels, and thus owing millions in taxes for illegal short term rentals. Transparency at last—or not. Because next, a New York Daily News editorial called out “Airbnb’s Data Sharing Sham,” due to the fact that you have to make an actual...
The sharing economy's stronghold on New York City commerce has seeped its way into how people park their cars, as a new app that intends to alleviate the pain of looking for parking on crowded streets formally launched today. Unlike Uber, Lyft and Car2Go, which all focus on transporting pedestrians for a fee, the parking app SpotPog uses similar GPS technology to let users know when parking spaces free up, so those searching for...
According to Airbnb, listings with 5-star cleanliness ratings receive 20% more bookings. But what happens if you’re on vacation or otherwise away from your property between guest reservations? This is where Handy comes in. Since January 2014, the online housekeeping service has cleaned tens of thousands of vacation rentals for a select group of Airbnb hosts in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Now, it’s opening its service to everyone. While you’re away, your apartment can be cleaned,...

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