The Wire Interview: Maison International Vice President, Erin Alls

Erin Alls
[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

The Wire Interview is a continuing series of conversations with players in the corporate housing industry.

Times are changing — New technology, increased diversity of travelers,  shifting regulation of sister industries  —  but according to Erin Alls, Vice President of Maison International, there’s never been a better time to be in the business. Continue reading

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Metrosetter.com Predicts Increased Regulation of the “Short-Term” Rental Industry

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[Alvin Brickman for Metrosetter Wire]

The “offline” world’s assimilation of Internet technology is effecting changes in nearly every industry. Universal accessibility of the Internet and the increasing amount of user-friendly, intuitive Internet technologies that allow individuals to instantly market their products to consumers around the world has created new business opportunities that were previously untenable and/or too cumbersome to undertake. This is especially relevant in the industry of real estate and, specifically, “short-term” rentals. Continue reading

New York MET Free Summer Opera Series

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Performers for the Metropolitan Opera will head outdoors for the free Summer Recital Series on six nights in July and August.

The series will begin July 25 in Central Park with performances by soprano Danielle de Niese, bass-baritone John Del Carlo and tenor Dimitri Pittas. Continue reading

What’s New in New York For the Frequent Traveler?

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Come here often? The pace of change in New York City is so whiplash-inducing that even frequent visitors will be excused from not knowing the latest and greatest things to hit the Big Apple. Anything that happened more than 15 minutes ago is old news to New Yorkers (so locals should look away – or better yet, chime in), but for those that only visit New York City occasionally, here are some of the new sights, tastes and experiences to look out for if you’re visiting in 2012. Continue reading

Why Manhattan Rents Are at a Two-Year High

Manhattan apartment condo landlord S. Jhoanna Rebledo / New York Magazine

Last week, a Streeteasy.com user fretted over not having heard from his landlord yet about renewing his lease, despite it having expired more than a month ago. “I’m afraid to contact him because I don’t want him to think I’m desperate … that I need, or want another lease because then he might try to raise my rent by a lot,” the poster wrote. Apparently, there’s plenty reason to worry. Continue reading