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It isn't gonna happen overnight. And we may not even start to feel the effects of Bloomberg's hotel boom until well after all 7,000 hotel rooms hit the market. Gradually, though, this big tourism industry push will have far-reaching effects on NYC's various neighborhoods.
Above is an exterior shot of the new Hotel Williamsburg, which opened on N 12th St at the beginning of this month. Places like this, throughout Brooklyn and Queens, were intended to draw penny-wise tourists out of Manhattan's overpriced hotel terrain. That original idea—to provide a decent, alternative hotel stay and still be within subway reach of Manhattan—might now be canceled out by all the new places opening up in Manhattan. So we ask: are outer boroughs getting the shaft?
Late yesterday afternoon came an announcement from Mayor Bloomberg confirming our
worst fears recent suspicions: New York will indeed be on the receiving end of hotel barrage in the next few years. Earlier, we pegged that number at 120 hotels by 2014—though Bloomberg's team was a little more specific. 7,000 rooms are currently in the pipeline, while the city's grand total of rooms will hit 90,000 by the end of the year—a 24% increase since 2006.
This explains why Bloomy had to act so quickly this morning to evict all those pesky protesters from Zucotti Park. Though previously tolerant, the mayor finally took decisive action against the OWS movement—interestingly, around the same time we received his press release about all the new hotels. Coincidence? There is no such thing.