New York Magazine: The War Over Airbnb Gets Personal

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

New York Magazine’s Jessica Pressler spoke with Sen. Krueger for this long write-up on the fight over illegal hotels and Airbnb. Check it out:

In 2010, Krueger and State Assemblyman Richard Gottfried presented a bill that made it illegal for New Yorkers living in multiple-unit dwellings to sublet their abodes for less than 30 days. The new law didn’t really compromise ­Airbnb’s original vision. People in multiple-unit dwellings could still have Real World–like experiences by hosting people in their apartments, as long as they stayed present. And owners of freestanding brownstones could do as they pleased. “The effort and even most of the work toward the bill were pre-Airbnb even existing,” says Krueger. “And it was not done with any discussions with the hotel industry,” she adds, rolling her eyes, “because I’m constantly accused of ­shilling for the hotel industry.”

Read the full article at New York Magazine’s web site.