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Hostels May Be Coming Back To New York City

August 13, 2019 - 12:27 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The hostel may be making a return to New York City.

The City Council is considering legislation to lift a ban in place on hostels since 2010, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The city's Department of Consumer Affairs would keep watch over the industry, under legislation that's designed to offer options to the growing ranks of New York City tourists.

Hostels were all but outlawed under limits on multiple-unit housing passed by Albany in response to complaints about Airbnb.

A hostel is defined under the new bill as any building with more than 70% of its rooms set aside as hostel units.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson says he will review the proposal.

The legislation would have to make it through a number of hearings and votes before being signed into law by the mayor.