Eco-Friendly Hotel with Sweeping Views of Manhattan
A newly opened hotel in Flushing, Queens, Hotel de Point uses solar panels on its roof to fully power up to 12 rooms and send energy to where it’s needed most. Solar power is just one eco-friendly initiative taken by Hotel de Point—its staff has also installed on-demand water heaters, LED lighting, and onsite power stations for electric or hybrid vehicles. And guests can take advantage one of the more eco-conscious mode of transportation since this deal includes a $10 metro card for the 7 train, which runs from Queens to Times Square. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the train station in Flushing, as well as to and from LaGuardia Airport.
Guest rooms incorporate eco-friendly technologies, too—all have heat- and motion-sensor thermostats that use less energy when a room is unoccupied and air-injected showerheads that help conserve water. Crisp, white linens, minimalist furniture, and bold artwork make the room a contemporary setting.
Upstairs, you can sample tapas and take in sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline at View de Point, a rooftop greenhouse with a year-round restaurant. There’s also a 4th floor buffet-style restaurant with Asian-fusion cuisine for lunch and dinner. Downstairs, you’ll find a handful of small shops, a supermarket, and the Lemon Tree Spa (open Oct. 12), which uses lemons in all of its spa treatments.
Flushing, Queens: Diverse NYC Neighborhood Home to Museums & Stadiums
Flushing is located in the northern part of Queens, the easternmost and largest borough of New York City. This is considered one of the country’s most ethnically diverse places, so much so that the 7 train, which connects Queens to Manhattan, is often referred to as the International Express. The train runs through neighborhoods nicknamed Little Colombia, Little India, and Jamaica, each with its own cultural institutions and family-run restaurants.
Built for the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is Queen’s largest public park and also the site of the US Open Tennis Championships in late August or early September. Here, you’ll find a botanical garden, a zoo, and the New York Hall of Science, which contains space-race-era rockets and more than 450 interactive exhibits. The nearby Queens Museum of Art houses the beloved Panorama of the City of New York, an 890,000-piece scale model of the five boroughs. Citi Field, the New York Mets ballpark that opened in 2009, is just down the street.