Backpackers rejoice. There may soon be a cheap bunk bed waiting for you in New York City. After a ban of nearly a decade, a new bill may soon legalize hostels in the city.
City Councilor Mark Gjonaj and City Councilor Margaret Chin introduced a bill this week that would give noisy, smelly and student-friendly housing their own department and classification in the city, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The youth hostel ban hit the books in 2010 as a change to city rules for multiple accommodation. More than four dozen closures as a result of the law, The Post reported in 2016. The closed hostels generated an annual turnover of around $ 230 million.
The ban was meant to be a slap in the face for short-term rentals and PBOs. And although a few hostels have been allowed to continue operating in the city, the general lack of hostels means that for many tourists, New York City is not an affordable option.
A similar bill failed to pass in 2015, but Gjonaj, who represents sections of the Bronx, is hoping his bill will pass.
âIf you can stay in high end hotels, thank you for visiting, come back. But we want to provide opportunities for those with modest means, âGjonaj told the Journal.
However, the new bill still faces legislative hurdles. It must survive several ballots before it can be promulgated by the mayor.