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Thursday, September 6, 2012

For Squirrels and NYC B&Bs, Fall is the Busiest Time of the Year

The New York City Marathon. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Fall Colors.

Every fall millions of tourists from around the world visit New York City to run through our streets, visit our stores, and enjoy our famous parks contributing millions of dollars to the local economy. These fall events are quintessential New York City. The time between Labor Day and New Year’s is generally the busiest time of year for our StayNYC members, but the bed & breakfast industry has come to a near standstill.

As you all know, a law that makes it illegal for residential Class A buildings to have paying guests for less than 30 consecutive days went into effect in May 2011. As a result, our members estimate that they could lose over $1.1 million this fall because 3850 guest nights will go unused over the last four months of 2012. Without a fix to this law, New York City’s B&Bs will become extinct.

StayNYC continues to make progress in working toward an exemption for a specific class of small facilities operators in New York City and protect the unintended targets of the current law. While we have met with numerous influential lawmakers at both the city and state level on this issue and are making progress towards a resolution, there is still a lot of work to be done to remain viable, legal, and successful part of the New York hospitality industry.

We need your help to continue to share our city’s rich culture with our guests. We need resources to continue our fight to save New York City’s B&B industry.

Let’s not allow a poorly written law to shutter B&Bs. Help us continue our campaign by donating $100, $250, $500 or whatever you can to our cause. Click here to donate.

Every dollar raised is used to protect NYC B&Bs so our city can continue to offer these important short-term stay options for travelers from all over the globe. With your help, fall will remain our busiest season.

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