Following Superstorm Sandy, we want to share with you the news that the majority of our member B&Bs made it through the storm unscathed. Unfortunately, some of our members were severely affected with power outages and water damage that has caused the New York Department of Buildings to close some properties for a minimum of four weeks.
We are New Yorkers and have been through 9/11 among other things, so we will overcome the aftermath of Sandy and get the businesses affected operational again.
As good neighbors and members of our communities, the B&Bs that weren’t damaged opened their doors to assist displaced New Yorkers who needed a warm and dry reprieve from Sandy and its effects. We welcomed those guests free of charge, as we’re not allowed to take any paying guests for under a 30-day stay due to the new law.
While it was fulfilling to provide storm victims with a roof over their heads, many StayNYC members saw irony in the fact that despite an extreme hotel room shortage in the city they couldn’t serve as a short term alternative for visitors unless they provided free stays.
Despite Fall being the busiest time of year for our B&Bs, we were able to accommodate our neighbors free of charges since the 30-day stay limit has caused many vacancies. Our members estimate that 3,850 guest nights will go unused over the last four months of 2012 and this will cost our businesses over $1.1 million.
We hope that with your support we can be fully operational again, and provide the warm hospitality and personal service that makes us good neighbors and an asset to the tourism industry in the vibrant diverse city that is New York.