Last night, Larry Littlefield at Room Eight posted something intriguing on his blog:
"I was amused to read a review of bed and breakfast inns in Brooklyn in the Daily News today. Amused because if such establishments are located in residential zoning districts, as they all appear to be, they are illegal -- they violate the zoning resolution."
Oh, how could I NOT follow up on this statement?
Here goes. The Daily News article: Brooklyn's upscale inns offer places for a relative or a local escape
Some of the complaints about establishments profiled:
168 Bergen Street
601 Sixth St.
667 Argyle Road. Their Certificate of Occupancy which clearly states it's a one-family house.
15 Spencer Place
1510 Ocean Pkwy
30 Dekoven Court
Note in the DN article, each of these has their own website - it's being done right out in the open. Many of them have complaints dating back to last year that have yet to be inspected by the "Special Team" at DOB.
These folks more than likely are not charging hotel tax or claiming this income on their personal income taxes, but the Daily News encourages tourists to stay in their illegal hotels. You'd think the owners would be afraid of being profiled in the press, but their websites and enthusiastic participation with this journalistic effort just prove what a joke DOB is.
Maybe the Daily News will do part two on the Queens B&Bs. Can't decide if my favorite is this one with the blue futon or this one with the religious name.