Under orders of NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city of New York has filed suit against Smart Apartments LLC and Toshi Inc.
The two firms operate short-stay rooms in as many as 50 residential buildings in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
"Illegal hotel operators create hazardous conditions and place the lives of guests in danger," Bloomberg said in an email. "With this lawsuit, we are sending a clear message to operators of all illegal hotels: Our administration will remain vigilant in its commitment to combating this public safety problem."
Of course, the charge that there are hazardous conditions in these rooms that put guests in danger is absurd. The rooms are all in residential high-rises, which house thousand of permanent residents.
What's really going on here is that the two firms are competing with establishment hotels and providing cheaper rates. Bloomberg is creating a moat around the crony establishment NYC hotel industry that will make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for operators like Smart Apartments to provide cut-rate hotel prices in a city with extremely high hotel rates.
Bottom line: If Bloomberg were Mayor of Nazareth, when Joseph and Mary passed through, the inn keeper would not have been allowed to rent the stable to Joseph and Mary, where Jesus was born. I guess if there is a second coming and its in NYC, Jesus will have to plan on doing it at a first class hotel with all the amenities, including sheets with 500 plus thread counts, turndown service and 24-hour room service (with a 16% gratuity added to the bill).