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It was mid-January, and I had just reported that New York City had sued a group of current and former real estate professionals who supposedly used Airbnb to convert more than 100 apartments across the city into illegal hotel rooms for tourists.
The allegations were staggering.
Over three years, they lodged almost 76,000 guests across 35 residential buildings, including an entire seven-unit building that was unlawfully rented to tourists through Airbnb, the lawsuit said. The city claimed the operation brought in more than million in revenue by violating laws and Airbnb’s own restrictions.
How exactly did they pull it off?
That was the question posed to me by Cliff Levy, my boss, and Dodai Stewart, my editor. The 2,500-word answer to that question is the basis for my article “Inside the Rise and Fall of a Multimillion-Dollar Airbnb Scheme,” which offers a look at how cunning entrepreneurs exploit Airbnb’s platform to turn a profit.
I’ve covered housing for the Metro desk for almost a year, writing mostly about the city’s struggle to fix its crumbling public housing system. I’ve also covered New York City’s continuing clash with Airbnb, one of several regulatory battles the city has had with tech giants, like Uber, as it deciphers the impact of the so-called sharing economy on New Yorkers.
Critics of Airbnb argue that many people use the platform to convert residential apartments into de facto hotels for tourists, worsening the city’s tight rental market and affordable housing crisis. There are laws in place to prevent this conduct, but they are often abused and the city has filed several lawsuits to take down unlawful Airbnbs before. This year, the city sued a real estate developer who supposedly used Airbnb to rent out 13 Manhattan apartments to travelers and made .1 million in revenue.
But the lawsuit I reported on was the biggest yet, seeking more than million from the defendants.
As I began to pore over the hundreds of court documents, the inner workings of the operation became clearer. A complex web of corporations were set up to receive payments, about 100 different host accounts were created and dozens of misleading identities were used to book tourists since at least 2015, the documents revealed.
I interviewed city officials, questioned landlords whose buildings were improperly used to book guests and spoke to tourists who had stayed at the apartments.
It appeared a handful of people had engineered a commercial operation against local regulations, listing more than 100 apartments on Airbnb and using multiple email addresses to circumvent the company’s own rule of one apartment per host.
The article was also a collaborative effort. With the help of Sarah Almukhtar, a graphics editor, we mapped out the locations of the Airbnb apartments, which stretched south from Harlem to trendy neighborhoods like Chelsea and SoHo.
Doris Burke, a researcher at The Times, dug up old lawsuits against the business partners behind the alleged scheme. That led to me to building owners who claimed they had been deceived by the partners, who supposedly signed leases for apartments in their buildings and then rented them to tourists through Airbnb without the landlord’s knowledge. And Derek Norman, a news assistant, helped me track down tenants who had grown irritated with Airbnbs in their buildings.
Ziograin Correa had lived with his wife and children for more than two years at a building in East Harlem. Mr. Correa said he had a recurring leak in his apartment, and he would often knock on the door of the unit above his. He gradually realized it was an Airbnb, believing the leak was never fixed because there was never a tenant who lived there long enough to address the issue.
“When I went up there, there was a family from Mexico,” he said. “Then it happened again, and I went up and there was a family from China. Then I started to notice all the luggage. It was ridiculous.”
Perhaps the most revealing part of my reporting was landing an interview with one of the men the city had accused: Max Beckman, a 35-year-old former real estate broker originally from Israel.
Despite his legal troubles, Mr. Beckman accepted my request for an interview. “You can get all the facts and make a big publication," he told me in an email before our interview at his lawyer’s office.
To my surprise, he spoke openly about quitting his job in 2015 to pursue his Airbnb venture full time, despite the legal risks, and described how the operation worked. He also talked about the aftermath of the lawsuit and the pressure of breaking scores of apartment leases after the city forced him to shut down his business.
Many people asked me why I thought Mr. Beckman, who described himself as a disruptive entrepreneur, talked to us.
Ultimately, Mr. Beckman seemed to genuinely believe that what he was doing should be legal and that the state should consider lifting restrictions on Airbnb so people like him can make money by lodging tourists.
“Let’s make New York great again,” he told me. “Put that in your article.”B:
【就】【在】【金】【国】【和】【女】【真】【大】【战】【的】【时】【期】，【在】【广】【南】【西】【路】【和】【交】【趾】【的】【华】【夏】【军】【也】【完】【成】【了】【休】【整】，【分】【三】【路】【进】【入】【到】【大】【理】【国】【境】【内】。【应】【控】【制】【大】【理】【国】【的】【高】【氏】【请】【求】，【二】【十】【五】【万】【华】【夏】【大】【军】【进】【入】【大】【理】，“【帮】【助】”【大】【理】【国】【抵】【抗】【交】【趾】【军】【的】【入】【侵】。 【交】【趾】【军】【的】【残】【暴】，【激】【起】【了】【大】【理】【军】【民】【的】【强】【烈】【反】【抗】。 【大】【理】【高】【氏】【势】【力】，【在】【交】【趾】【军】【的】【打】【击】【下】，【在】【战】【场】【上】【接】【连】【失】【利】，【整】【个】【大】
“【叶】【宗】【兄】，【刚】【才】【我】【感】【应】【到】【了】【一】【些】【相】【当】【独】【特】【的】【内】【容】，【不】【知】【道】【叶】【宗】【兄】【有】【没】【有】【感】【应】【到】【过】【类】【似】【的】【东】【西】。”【叶】【尘】【盯】【着】【叶】【宗】，【手】【指】【上】【飞】【出】【一】【团】【意】【念】【之】【力】，【来】【到】【叶】【宗】【面】【前】。 【叶】【宗】【神】【色】【狐】【疑】，【将】【这】【团】【意】【念】【之】【力】【抓】【到】【手】【中】，【略】【微】【感】【应】，【顿】【时】【神】【色】【大】【变】。 “【这】【些】，【你】【居】【然】【也】【能】【够】【感】【应】【到】，【是】【因】【为】【你】【新】【缔】【造】【出】【的】【这】【座】【大】【世】【界】【的】【原】【因】【吗】？”【叶】
【倒】【是】【惊】【的】【月】【羲】【眸】【色】【一】【紧】，【拽】【着】【姑】【娘】【隔】【壁】【就】【随】【着】【她】【跪】【下】【了】【身】，【仓】【促】【间】【抬】【手】【搂】【住】【她】【腰】【身】【往】【自】【己】【怀】【里】【一】【带】，【另】【一】【只】【手】【却】【是】【试】【探】【的】【轻】【拍】【了】【拍】【她】【脸】【颊】。 【仓】【皇】【之】【间】【才】【蓦】【然】【捕】【捉】【到】【姑】【娘】【发】【紫】【的】【唇】【色】，【拍】【打】【的】【手】【一】【顿】，【却】【是】【不】【作】【犹】【豫】【的】【弯】【腰】【抱】【起】【姑】【娘】【折】【身】【就】【又】【往】【回】【跑】。 —— 【等】【或】【雨】【再】【睁】【眼】，【只】【觉】【得】【入】【目】【一】【阵】【黑】【暗】，【眼】【前】【什】【么】【都】
【陆】【见】【安】！ 【这】【个】【时】【候】【应】【该】【叫】【做】【陆】【雪】【见】！ 【一】【行】【人】【随】【着】【魏】【春】【抵】【达】【了】【皇】【宫】【宫】【门】。 【而】【宫】【门】【守】【将】【见】【这】【支】【队】【伍】【从】【外】【而】【来】，【忙】【上】【前】【问】【话】：“【止】【步】！【禁】【宫】【大】【内】，【来】【者】【何】【人】？” 【魏】【春】【拿】【了】【腰】【牌】【上】【前】【大】【声】【道】：“【奉】【吾】【皇】【旨】【意】，【接】【郡】【主】【回】【宫】【见】【驾】！” 【宫】【门】【上】【数】【千】【兵】【马】【闻】【言】【齐】【齐】【哗】【然】！ 【什】【么】【时】【候】【居】【然】【有】【了】【个】【郡】【主】？ 【郡】【主】彩民红高手论坛3632222“【这】【可】【如】【何】【是】【好】?”【陆】【雪】【瑶】【万】【分】【着】【急】，【虽】【然】【从】【一】【开】【始】【不】【太】【喜】【欢】【熊】【为】，【觉】【得】【他】【轻】【浮】【不】【可】【靠】，【模】【样】【和】【日】【常】【的】【言】【语】【也】【非】【常】【世】【俗】，【与】【隐】【门】【中】【那】【种】【缥】【缈】【的】【仙】【风】【气】【质】【格】【格】【不】【入】。【不】【过】【狐】【仙】【这】【种】【级】【别】【的】【真】【正】【仙】【人】，【她】【还】【是】【有】【一】【种】【发】【自】【内】【心】【的】【敬】【畏】，【虽】【然】【相】【处】【的】【时】【间】【不】【多】，【这】【个】【小】【狐】【仙】【的】【性】【格】【也】【与】【一】【般】【小】【孩】【子】【没】【什】【么】【两】【样】。 “【大】【师】，【怎】
【上】【午】【的】【课】【依】【旧】【无】【聊】，【自】【从】【孟】【天】【亦】【获】【得】【了】【感】【知】【能】【力】【的】【提】【升】，【可】【以】【阅】【读】【任】【何】【书】【籍】【后】，【一】【年】【级】【的】【课】【程】【也】【变】【得】【的】【越】【来】【越】【无】【聊】【了】。 【就】【连】【原】【来】【的】【孟】【天】【亦】【颇】【为】【有】【兴】【趣】【的】【历】【史】【文】【化】【课】【现】【在】【也】【是】【一】【阵】【索】【然】【无】【味】。 【至】【于】【原】【因】【那】【也】【很】【简】【单】，【凡】【是】【孟】【天】【亦】【看】【过】【得】【书】【基】【本】【没】【有】【忘】【记】【的】，【所】【以】【从】【老】【师】【嘴】【中】【讲】【出】【来】，【除】【了】【让】【孟】【天】【亦】【回】【忆】【起】【之】【前】【看】【的】
【实】【验】【室】2【号】【楼】。 【电】【梯】【外】。 【西】【装】【革】【履】【的】【男】【人】，【将】【昏】【迷】【的】【秦】【冉】【扛】【在】【肩】【头】，【保】【罗】【立】【在】【电】【梯】【口】【前】，【正】【在】【整】【理】【衬】【衣】【袖】【口】，【随】【着】【一】【声】【清】【脆】【的】【响】【声】，【保】【罗】【侧】【目】，【将】【目】【光】【转】【移】【至】【电】【梯】【门】。 【这】【个】【时】【候】，【是】【谁】【来】【了】？ 【电】【梯】【内】。 【门】【打】【开】【的】【瞬】【间】，【里】【面】【的】【人】【已】【经】【察】【觉】【出】【外】【面】【有】【人】，【且】【不】【止】【一】【个】。 【在】【电】【梯】【门】【打】【开】【后】，【一】【秒】【钟】
【武】【崇】【训】【神】【情】【严】【峻】，【快】【马】【加】【鞭】，【奔】【回】【梁】【王】【府】。 “【父】【王】【何】【在】？” “【在】【书】【房】……”【门】【房】【话】【没】【说】【完】，【武】【崇】【训】【已】【然】【一】【阵】【风】【冲】【了】【进】【去】。 【他】【脑】【子】【虽】【不】【算】【太】【灵】【光】，【但】【也】【识】【得】【轻】【重】。 【父】【亲】【武】【三】【思】【交】【代】【他】【寻】【摸】【少】【年】【俊】【彦】，【能】【配】【得】【上】【妹】【妹】【方】【城】【县】【主】【的】，【自】【要】【到】【累】【世】【宦】【门】，【或】【者】【高】【官】【显】【爵】【的】【府】【邸】【里】【头】【找】。 【他】【一】【人】【人】【脉】【有】【限】，【少】