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Old Jan 20th, 2015, 03:31 AM
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NY law is NOT aimed at Air BnB. It just says that short-term sublets (less than 30 days) are illegal - doesn't matter what company they are through. If the owner stays in the apartment or house with the subletters it is not illegal - but landlords may well forbid it in their leases.

Also - sublets listed on Craig's list are often scams - simply don't exist.
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Old Jan 20th, 2015, 05:09 AM
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To get back to the OP's original question, where exactly is this brownstone in Harlem? Most of Harlem is pretty safe, but of course there are areas that aren't ... and areas that are not convenient.

That's a fantastically low rate for 9 people for 5 nights, and unless this brownstone works out, I don't think Manhattan is going to do it for you. I do think Long Island City is much much more affordable, and you can very likely find 3 rooms for $150 each there.

I'd recommend staying in NYC rather than in NJ despite it being cheaper there. Transit into Manhattan (except on the PATH) is pretty expensive and not always convenient for tourists since it's scheduled and designed for commuters. Having said that, the Hyatt Regency is nice, but the water taxi there is $10 per person per each way, so that alone adds $180 to your daily budget. Since you still have to pay to ride the NYC subway while in the city, I'd apply that $180 per day to our accommodations budget, and then you'll be able to find a comfortable chain hotel in Long Island City and still pay for your daily transit into Manhattan (and be just 1 to 3 subway stops from most of Midtown).
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Old Jan 20th, 2015, 05:15 AM
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TWTraveler hasn't been back on the thread. Her previous visit to the board was in November. Maybe she'll visit her Fodor Family again soon.
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Old Jan 20th, 2015, 08:13 AM
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I think I get it, nytraveler. So it's the short-term sublets that are illegal, not specifically Airb&b?
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Old Jan 25th, 2015, 12:01 PM
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Wow, I must say, "I have missed much," but I see I have been schooled on the usage of 'here' vs 'hear'--slighted for calling the Fodor form family, shown how to calculate my budget times 9, and even told to stay at home--LOL! However, I could not get back sooner because I was sick.

Update on NY Trip: Our budget of 1800.00 was only for our stay and airfare. Moving forward, we have obtained a loft in Jersey City for 5 nights - 2563.00 (divided by 9), Airfare is paid - 252.00 pp, transportation (round-trip from and to airport)-250.00 (includes toll), and 9 metro cards at 25.00 each. I believe that comes to a total of 589.54 pp...Amazing!

Suze, you are right, I did get some great information before regarding the Caribbean trip, and the information for NY did not fall short. Now, if I could get assistance on must-see and must-do that would wrap of this trip. Thanks in advance!
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Old Jan 25th, 2015, 12:19 PM
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Now that is 'interesting'!!! Congrats on finding lodging for you and the gals! Well done! Hope you are feeling bettah.
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Old Jan 25th, 2015, 12:35 PM
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Thank you, and thank you!
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Old Jan 25th, 2015, 04:29 PM
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Yes, it's a New York State law. No tenant is allowed to sublet their apt fo rless than 30 days unless they stay in the apt with the subletters. Note that many landlords and almost all coops and condos don;t allow short-term sublets at all. If one owns a private house one can sublet rooms - but given the cost of a house in Manhattan (anything decent is $3 million and up - way up in better neighborhoods) most of those people don;t want strangers wandering around their houses.

So most short term rentals are either scams or illegal.
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Old Jan 26th, 2015, 08:11 AM
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Thanks, nytraveler. Good to know!

TW~if you can wade past some of the inevitable snark, you'll get good advice. Thick skin is a good thing to have.....
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Old Jan 26th, 2015, 05:51 PM
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I don't live in New York, but know the city pretty well. Jersey City is okay, but Manhattan would be more central (albeit pricier). You are far enough ahead of the trip that I think you could probably find some reasonably priced places near Times Square if you search on Orbitz or Tripadvisor and pay attention to deals. Brooklyn, while comparatively up-and-coming, is also cheaper and great, though not as central to mainstream attractions as Manhattan. It all depends what you want to do. I also have many friends who live in Harlem and it is quite safe if you are responsible and attentive. In addition to budget, where you choose to stay should also be influenced by what you'd like to do during your visit.

And by the way, don't worry at all about the "here" / "hear" typo. I'm not mensa, but I have a friend who is and she does it all the time
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