Travel-wise, this is a tricky issue. Although the policy is designed to protect New Yorkers from unwillingly living in illegal hotels, it also strips visitors of a valuable tool for finding lodging in the notoriously expensive city not to mention that bedding down in a residential neighborhood almost always allows for a more authentic travel experience than holing up in a cramped Times Square room.
Happily, there are still a couple of ways left to live like a real New Yorker. Most notably, the law doesn’t apply to “hosted visits,” which means that when the owner of an apartment is home, he or she may still rent out any spare rooms. The policy also permits home swaps, as long as no money is exchanged, and retains brownstone owners’ full property rights.