New Yorkers — from Buffalo to The Bronx, and from Plattsburgh to Patchogue — have embraced home sharing.
Over the past year, 50,000 New Yorkers welcomed 2.1 million travelers to the Empire State, with an additional 2.5 million New Yorkers using Airbnb to travel at home and abroad.
Home sharing is not only providing hundreds of millions of dollars in supplemental income for middle-class New York families, it is also resulting in a major boost for local businesses in all neighborhoods. In 2016, Airbnb travelers generated $3.5 billion in economic activity, with nearly $3 billion of that going directly to businesses in our communities. In recent years, a greater share of those dollars have flowed to cities and towns outside of New York City. In fact, guest arrivals in New York outside NYC grew 270% in the last two years alone.
In an effort to highlight the hosts and neighborhoods across the Empire State that make up this vibrant community, we are excited to launch our new ‘Community Close Up’ series.
Community Close Up: Sunset Park
It would be hard to imagine someone who embodies the quintessential New Yorker more than Skip Karol. Both of Skip’s parents were born to Polish immigrants and raised in Brooklyn, where they eventually settled on a picturesque block of Sunset Park.
Skip has since taken over the family home, and decided to open up his spare rooms through Airbnb as a way to help offset the rising cost of living.
Community Close Up: Monroe County
Monroe County now home to 740,00 New Yorkers, and the state’s third largest city, Rochester. From its roots in agriculture and shipping, Rochester has evolved into a hotspot of manufacturing and innovation.
Laura Drake and Mike Weisenreder decided to try Airbnb as guests in Europe, and then started hosting sharing their son’s bedroom once he left for college. They dedicate supplemental income earned through home sharing to pay for renovations of their historic home in Rochester’s Mt. Hope/Highland District.
Community Close Up: City Island
City Island was annexed by New York City from Westchester County in 1895. Today, this Bronx neighborhood is a hidden gem for travelers and locals alike to enjoy.
Josue Rivera, a Iraq War veteran, has called City Island home for three years and enjoys sharing his neighborhood and city with guests from around the world.