The Real Deal New York

Behind Airbnb’s fight for legitimacy in NYC

Short-term rental giant enlisting users, top lobbyists in long political battle
By Rich Bockmann | March 09, 2016 10:30AM

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From left: Christopher Lehane, Assembly Member Francisco Moya talking to a crowd at an Airbnb protest in the state capitol building, and Airbnb’s founders Joe Gebbia, Nathan Blecharczyk and Brian Chesky (credit: Danielle Levitt/August)

From the March issue: If there was ever a clear sign that things had gotten ugly for Airbnb in New York, it might have been last October, during a City Council hearing on a proposal to raise fines against illegal hotel operators. What began as a quarrel over the vagaries of the law devolved into a nasty political exchange over Airbnb’s role in the local economy and what it means to share New York City’s most prized commodity — real estate. [more]