But consider the experience of Chris Dannen, a 29-year-old webtrepreneur who was served with an eviction notice after a year of hosting Airbnb guests in his Greenpoint apartment. When he dropped off his final rent check, he noticed the management company was converting it into a hotel: The "loft suite" apartments are currently listed on Airbnb for $199. Dannen was, and still is, a believer in Airbnb’s cause. "I’m of the millennial view that it’s a nice way to meet people and make friends." But he was disappointed in Airbnb’s reaction to his situation. "In retrospect, I would say, they knew this was going to happen to people, and they [...]
If you are of the opinion that "airbnb" is actually the best way to figure out the minimum amount of money you would accept to let two strangers fuck in your bed, you should probably consider the possibility that it might be more than two strangers, and it might be in more than just your bed. "The worst part of the Internet right there was in my apartment," says the unlucky amateur hotelier in question.
It is not the fault of Airbnb that its new logo looks like an anatomical negative space, a hole, its chief technology officer, Nathan Blecharczyk, would like to everyone to know: We wouldn’t want to design a logo that caters to the lowest common denominator. This was a yearlong undertaking for dozens of people, it’s something meaningful, and no one pauses to really understand that.
But when one gazes into the hole—for how can one not—the tumble begins almost immediately, through the hole, beyond the hole. The world and every possible concern, hope, fear, or dream dissolves completely, leaving just you and the hole—you are [...]
I have always thought of "airbnb" as the best way to figure out the minimum amount of money you would accept to let two strangers fuck in your bed, but it turns out this guy has come up with a way to get around that concern. [Via the new Digg, and in a tangentially-related link, here is a piece about the old Digg.]
In October, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a subpoena to Airbnb, ordering it to turn data about its 15,000 registered hosts in New York over to the state. While neither Airbnb nor its hosts pay the 15 percent lodging tax that most New York City hotels are subject to—no small part of the reason why startups like Airbnb have been able to "disrupt" the established hospitality industry—the attorney general's primary concern was not the stream of potential tax revenue trickling past the state's coffers. (Airbnb kindly offered to induce its users to pay the tax, which would amount to some $21 million.)
Airbnb, like the Fiske Guide to College, is rife with creatively employed adjectives. After all, not everyone’s studio can be “cozy.” And now, as New Yorkers are no longer allowed to let strangers use their apartments as makeshift hotels, European Airbnb hosts have cornered the weird-adjective market. Is the prose of European hosts touched by the cultural and economic microclimates tearing the European Union apart? Do their adjective choices shed light on the current political situation abroad? Is Google Translate to blame? Join me in a select alphabetical-by-city review of European Airbnb adjectives.