Fully Furnished Designer Lofts in Renovated Warehouse
In the 19th century, Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood along the East River began to sprout rope factories and lumberyards as the farmland on the north side turned into shipyards. In other words, the Industrial Revolution had come to New York. These days, most of the factories have closed down, and Brooklyn has experienced an unlikely resurgence as one of the hippest, artsy-est places on earth.
But traces of the industrial past still linger. The Box House Hotel, for example, is housed in a former warehouse that's been converted into 20 chic loft suites with open floor plans, 16-foot ceilings, and custom art and designer furniture that create an elegant atmosphere.
The Box House isn't a hotel in the traditional sense. Instead, it feels more like you’ve borrowed an especially stylish friend’s apartment for the weekend. For meals, you can either prepare your own in the fully loaded kitchen or head outside to see what the city is cooking. The hotel is situated near one of the city’s designated bike routes, and it’s a short ride to Williamsburg's lively nightlife and the art galleries in Long Island City. A 10-minute walk brings you to the Vernon-Jackson stop on the 7 train, which is just one stop from Grand Central Station. Many of Manhattan's most popular tourist attractions, including Times Square and Central Park, are about a $20 cab ride away.
Brooklyn, New York: Hipster Hideouts, Ethnic Enclaves, and Blue-Collar Blocks
Brooklyn is New York City's most populous borough, but compared to Manhattan, it's relatively devoid of tourists. That doesn't mean there's any shortage of interesting sights, though. The Brooklyn Museum is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive art museums, and Prospect Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, is considered by some to be superior to another far more famous Olmsted creation—Central Park.
Greenpoint, Brooklyn's northernmost neighborhood, is sometimes called “Little Poland” because it has one of the largest populations of Polish people in the United States. Greenpoint is bordered on the southwest by Williamsburg, known for its bohemian bars, art galleries, and vintage shops.