Jessica Katz, former associate commissioner at the city’s Housing Department, who now runs the nonprofit Citizens Housing and Planning Council, also felt that the hotel amendment would put a damper on tourism in the wake of the pandemic.

“How can New York City continue to be one of the greatest tourist destinations in the world if we outlaw as-of-right hotels, even in the neighborhoods designed specifically for them?” she asked during her testimony at the public meeting. “Instead of imposing new restrictions, just when we need new economic stimulus the most, we should be analyzing the code for places where we can remove restrictions to jumpstart our economy.”

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