Capital New York:
Councilman Mark Weprin announced legislation on Monday that would allow youth hostels in New York City.
The bill, Intro. 699, would allow hostels to operate with four to eight beds in each dormitory-style room and reopen a market targeted for young individuals that are backpacking in New York City.
It would allow licensed hostels to operate in commercial areas and be subject to regulation by the city Department of Consumer Affairs.
Hostels in New York City struggled after a 2010 New York law outlawed renting apartments for less than 30 days.
Weprin, a Queens Democrat, said that the bill will open a new market and won’t compete with hotels because it’ll be marketed towards a younger demographic that doesn’t care for its surroundings and is focused on an affordable stay.
“We want young people to come here and very often they don’t care where they stay,” said Weprin at a press conference outside of City Hall on Monday morning. “They just want to put their heads down on a safe, clean place and the youth hostels offer a great opportunity for this market.”
Yes, we need even more hotels in manufacturing zones. Great idea.