Monday, December 16, 2013
AirBnB lays it on real thick
AirBnB has launched a full-scale media assault on Eric Schneiderman and Bill DeBlasio. Check out these sob stories and break out the voilins... From the Queens Chronicle:
When my mother’s medical bills and mortgages started to weigh on her, I knew I had to help. I dipped into my savings and started working evenings doing odd jobs. I didn’t think there was anything else I could do to make ends meet and help my family.
Last year, a friend told me about Airbnb and it sounded like a great way to rent out the extra room in my condo in Astoria. I had used Craigslist to fill my second bedroom with random roommates to help pay my mortgage, but the results were inconsistent.
Airbnb is different. Now I rent out my extra bedroom to new people with new perspectives.
Most of these guests would never be able to afford one- and two-week stays in a hotel, but with my place through Airbnb they can stay longer and spend more money at local businesses.
I provide them with an affordable, pleasant, enjoyable experience. I love acting as a local guide to my neighborhood, serving fresh coffee in the morning, and maybe even treating them to a free concert. They can experience the city like a local and leave feeling like they’ve made a new friend in the city. Airbnb has helped me pay the bills, cover my mother’s mortgage and pay her medical bills.
Everyone deserves access to this vibrant city. I love New York — and with Airbnb, I get to share the city I love with the world.
Yes, thanks for making the city more "vibrant". Did you pay the hotel tax?
And from the NY Post:
When I lost my freelance job in January 2010, Airbnb made it possible for me to keep my home in Brooklyn. I posted photos of my spare bedroom and immediately I got a request. My first guest was Ed from Amsterdam, a professor coming to the city to pick up his son from school. That summer, he returned to stay again, this time with his whole family.
Airbnb saved me, and continues to do so. In 2011 I was only able to put together 20 days of full-time work. This past July, I worked for a company that declared bankruptcy before paying me. But I knew I’d be safe financially because I had guests arriving. I’m grateful every single day because of Airbnb.
Of course, there are a few “bad apples” using home-sharing services, just as there are in other industries. The state is right to stop those who threaten public safety or create nuisances. But the vast majority of home-sharers aren’t slumlords, and they aren’t hurting neighborhoods. In fact, they’re people like me, working to make our communities stronger.
Yes, I feel my community is stronger when a parade of strangers passes through my neighbor's house. And did you pay the hotel tax?
Airbnb released a video inviting friends and family of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to come stay with “real New Yorkers” when visiting the city to attend the inauguration.
The online room finder even extended the invitation to the mayor-elect himself, should he find himself away from Park Slope.
“Mr. Mayor, if you’re ever in Hamilton Heights you’re always welcome to stay with me,” one Airbnb user in the video says, subsequently echoed by apparent residents of Williamsburg and Astoria.
But de Blasio has historically not been a fan of the embattled tech company.
At a Democratic mayoral forum on technology in April, then-candidate de Blasio spoke against the company, citing concerns about the comfort and security of permanent residents.
“The problem with mixing the two on the open market is you are exposing folks in a [residential] building [to] folks who are not part of that system,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the mayor-elect said his previous comments on the company still represent his stance.