Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman demanded that AirBnB, the temporary apartment sharing site, turnover information on its users — specificially those renting out their homes on a temporary basis.
As AirBnB fights to stay alive in the five boroughs, there are quite a few extra dollars at stake for residents of almost every neighborhood, who have been using their apartments as occasional cash cows.
How prevalent is the practice of posting a site on AirBnB in Brooklyn. It depends on where you live.
In Bed-Stuy, a search of the site for local AirBnB lodgings returned over 1,000 results, with prices ranging from $80 to more than $1,500 per night.
Meanwhile in Prospect Heights, there were fewer participants, 303, and the prices were a bit lower — though the outliers still existed. One user in Crown Heights had listed their entire apartment for $1,400 per night.
What do you think? Is AirBnB a problem for the city's tourism industry? Should people be allowed to do what they want with their apartments? Let us know what you think in the comments.