Airbnb invites de Blasio inauguration attendees to stay with a local
Airbnb released a video inviting friends and family of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to come stay with “real New Yorkers” when visiting the city to attend the inauguration.
The online room finder even extended the invitation to the mayor-elect himself, should he find himself away from Park Slope.
“Mr. Mayor, if you’re ever in Hamilton Heights you’re always welcome to stay with me,” one Airbnb user in the video says, subsequently echoed by apparent residents of Williamsburg and Astoria.
But de Blasio has historically not been a fan of the embattled tech company.At a Democratic mayoral forum on technology in April, then-candidate de Blasio spoke against the company, citing concerns about the comfort and security of permanent residents.
“The problem with mixing the two on the open market is you are exposing folks in a [residential] building [to] folks who are not part of that system,” he said.
A spokeswoman for the mayor-elect said his previous comments on the company still represent his stance.
Airbnb investors donated to De Blasio’s mayoral campaign, though after the primary election, at which point de Blasio was leading the polls by unbeatable margins of nearly 50 percent.
De Blasio’s mayoral campaign relied heavily on support from labor unions, many of whom work in city hotels and are opposed to Airbnb.
A recent report by an urban planning firm found that Airbnb is a huge boost to the city’s overall economy.
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