Split-flap displays—also known as "Solari boards"—were once a hallmark of American railway stations: as passenger trains move in and out, the flaps spin with new city names and times, and the displayed capital letters and numbers flip fast like a deck of cards through an automatic shuffler. This same old-fashioned display hangs in the lobby of Z NYC Hotel, but instead of departure and arrival times, the board features welcome messages in multiple languages and rests above stacks of vintage steamer trunks. It's all a nod to the old days of Grand Central Station in nearby midtown Manhattan, and much of the chic boutique hotel's décor exudes the vibe of a charming 1920s-style building but with modern accents.
During nighttime, the Long Island City hotel itself acts like a city in miniature: live jazzy piano emanates from the downstairs lounge kiosk, its area lined with black leather booths. And at the 5,000-square-foot rooftop bar, Z Roof, bartenders sling tropical cocktails amid 360-degree views of the East River and Queensboro Bridge. Come morning, guests can amble into the 24-hour onsite diner, where chefs bake fresh bagels and baguettes. The hotel also offers complimentary transportation to and from midtown Manhattan throughout the day, putting guests within arms’ reach of Times Square, Central Park, and retail shops on 5th Avenue.
In the superior queen rooms, a wall of windows stretches 10 feet from floor to ceiling—a vast portal to watch the lights flicker on and off in Manhattan’s skyscrapers and streetscapes. Murals of iconic New York entertainers such as the Rockettes electrify the stark black-and-white walls of the room, and above the cushioned headboard are lamps fashioned from mason jars. For a romantic nightcap, guests can crack open a bottle of wine or champagne and queue up their own playlists of crickets chirping to the tune of Al Jarreau songs on the room’s iPod docking station.
Long Island City, New York: Historical Queens Neighborhood Minutes from Manhattan
Along New York’s East River, Long Island City rests in the borough of Queens. Just across Queensboro bridge lies midtown Manhattan’s famous landmarks: Times Square and Grand Central Station buzz with activity, and the Theater District is the home of iconic Radio City Music Hall. But Long Island City has a fetching character of its own. There's a thriving artists' community here, which emerges in the form of contemporary-art museums, graffiti galleries, and sculpture parks scattered along the coast. International bistros, pizzerias, and bakeries serve up homemade fare that reflects Long Island City’s ethnic diversity and appeases the finicky appetite of escaped King Kongs.
Promotional value expires Mar 31, 2012. Amount paid never expires.
Must complete travel by 3/31/12
Limit 3 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
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Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol
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14.75% tax and $3.50 per night city service charge not included
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How To Book
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Choose a date prior to 3/31/12.
Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.
Standard occupancy: Two
Maximum occupancy: Two
Adding occupants above standard: Not applicable
IPod docking station
Check in: 3 p.m.
Check out: Noon
Parking: Free street parking available
Rollaways: Not available
Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
Pet policy: Pets up to 15 pounds may be added for a nonrefundable fee of $100.
Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking
Room upgrades: Upgrade to a deluxe king for an extra $50.
What It's Worth
A one-night stay for two in a superior queen room (up to $195 value)
Bottle of wine or champagne (up to $27 value)
Total value: up to $222
By plane: About 6 miles from LaGuardia International Airport (LGA); about 16 miles from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
By transit: MTA subway, 23 Street-Ely Avenue stop on E and M lines; Queensboro Plaza stop on 7, 7X, N, or Q lines; or 21 Street-Queensbridge stop on F line
By cab: About $16 from LGA; about $35 from JFK
By shuttle: $40 one-way shuttle service to JFK; $25 one-way shuttle service to LGA
Save on cab fare. Z NYC Hotel offers a free five-minute shuttle service from Long Island City to midtown Manhattan every hour from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. into Manhattan and from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Manhattan.