An influential hotel workers’ union is flexing its power at a key moment in the city’s recovery, affecting major projects from casinos to homeless shelters. This article by Nicole Hong and Matthew Haag explains how moves by the Hotel Trades Council impact Airbnb, the city hotels’ customers and plans to build or convert properties.
New York — At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Paramount Hotel, sitting empty in Times Square, was on the verge of turning into a residential building, offering a rare opportunity to create affordable housing in Midtown . . .