Carmelo has been living in Washington Heights for 30 years. As an Airbnb Superhost, he takes pride in his neighborhood and loves hosting tourists from all over the world. He says, “my favorite part of hosting on Airbnb is that I can offer people a historic place to live in New York City, just 15 minutes from Times Square or Yankee Stadium… I share all the information about the Big Apple with them.”
Carmelo, a proud ambassador for his community, will wait up to any hour to greet his guests with a smile. However, life in New York is not always so full of smiles. In Carmelo’s words:
“New York is very expensive. It is a great help for people like me. The little extra you can receive from sharing your home helps.” He goes on to say, “We have lived here for a long time and do not want to leave. We want to continue in this community, where we were born, where we grew up and where we send our children to school… The help one receives through being an Airbnb host is valuable.”
Meet Carmelo | Washington Heights, New York | Airbnb Citizen
Carmelo is not alone. Thousands of Airbnb hosts in New York rely on the small income they make from home sharing to make ends meet. Big hotels want to take away Carmelo’s right to share his home. Help Carmelo stay in the community he loves. Support home sharing in New York.