My husband’s dream of moving his band’s weekly practices from a high-rent industrial building to the cottage crumpled, and we realized that in order to avoid financial ruin we would have to use it as a source of extra income. Since we still wanted to banish certain out-of-town company to the cottage, we decided to furnish the space and offer it for short-term rental on AirBnB.
Where have you lived, Anna Wiener?
2009-2013, Eckford Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, $1000/mo.
This apartment! It felt like a stage set. I loved it desperately and didn’t deserve it at all; how my friend Maya found it is still a mystery to me. It was on the top floor of a small, three-story building; everything, including the stairwell, slanted at about fifteen degrees. When Maya and I moved in, we were told that the place used to be an illegal nightclub, with an underground tunnel to the laundromat next door. The landlords had broken down the wall between two studio apartments; we slept in walk-in closets and had two bathrooms, two living rooms, and no privacy. The ceiling was popcorn plaster and the fixtures in one bathroom were black. As far as I know, nobody ever snorted cocaine off the rim of the tub, but everyone mentioned the possibility.
The Eckford Street apartment was beautiful, and constantly surprised us with new ways an apartment can be broken.
Elizabeth Harris looks at the lucrative, but illegal (in NYC) Airbnb economy in New York
, which I've talked a little bit before in regards to some of the lawsuits
that have been filed. One woman says she rents out a room only while she is also occupying the apartment, and started doing it after she racked up some high medical bills during the recession—it's hard not to be sympathetic to that. [Meanwhile, in San Francisco
that NYC officials have determined that Warren should pay $2,400 for "violating the city's illegal hotel law" and that apartments "may only be used as private residences and may not be rented for transient, hotel, or motel purposes" essentially making Airbnb illegal
in New York (except for stays of 30 days or longer).