From the Daily News:
Just my luck. It rained buckets on the night I decided to sleep on the rooftop at Hotel Toshi in Williamsburg.
Luckily, the hotel had put up a tent.
"It only keeps out some of the rain," said Robert (Toshi) Chan, founder of Hotel Toshi, who rents the roof of his South Eighth St. building for $100 a night.
That's for sure. The tent was bigger than an average hotel bedroom, but leaky. Water seeped in around the corners where the tent met the wooden deck. Still, it stayed pretty dry inside.
Chan is one of hundreds of New Yorkers, and others across the country, trying to make a few bucks by using a San Francisco-based Web site called AirBnB.com to sublet odd spaces such as couches, boats, cabins and even rooftops.
He said a Web site developer from Maine slept on the roof for six weeks last summer while looking for a job.
AirBnB's biggest market is New York, Blecharczyk said. The site has some 800 listings in the city, with as many as 50 new ones put up each week.
What fantastic reporting! I look forward to the follow up detailing the numerous violations of city building, zoning and fire codes, the evasion of taxes, the interview with neighborhood residents about transients coming and going all the time and the Bloomberg administration's response. Maybe the reporter will stay at the Hotel Queen next!
Miss Heather found a few of her own.