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Boro Hotel. Photo: Floto+Warner

Boro Hotel. Photo: Floto+Warner

Boro Hotel. Photo: Floto+Warner

Boro Hotel. Photo: Floto+Warner

Boro Hotel. Photo: Floto+Warner

Boro Hotel. Photo: Floto+Warner

Boro Hotel. Photo: Floto+Warner

Boro Hotel. Photo: Floto+Warner

Boro Hotel. Photo: Floto+Warner

Address 38-28 27th Street; NY 11101
between 38th and 39th Avenue
Neighbourhood Queens – Long Island City | See on map
Subway 21 St-Queensbridge [F], Queensboro Plaza [7, N, Q]
Telephone +1 718 433 1375
Website http://www.borohotel.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boro-Hotel/860629274002314
Price Standard rates from USD 299

It’s no news that you have to get off Manhattan for the best views of its skyline. Long Island City in Queens, however, has always been Holiday Inn territory (there’s a Four Points just around the corner and a Ramada one street up from here), which is part of the reason that Boro Hotel stands out so much.

This is a boutique hotel for design lovers that, had it not been for those pesky skyscrapers in the background, feels more European than NYC. The Grzywinski+Pons studio is local but seem inspired by Nordic minimalism and the kind of modern Spanish style championed by Patricia Urquiola, with lots of wood, raw concrete, and clever use of geometric patterns created from floors, walls and furniture arrangements.

It’s grand if you like that kind of style and it helps that rooms are fairly spacious by New York standards (just don’t bring too much luggage – it’ll clutter). Still, the skyline view is the primary reason to stay here, so do cough up the plus for a Manhattan-facing room (it’s also the only way to enjoy it, as the roof terrace faces the ‘wrong’ way). The hotel’s gym, restaurant and rooftop bar should be operational by 2016.

So should you really swap the view of LIC’s iconic Pepsi Cola sign for one of Midtown? Head down towards MoMA’s PS1, twenty minutes walk away, and you’ll get a feel for why the area is hyped as the next Williamsburg. Billyburg itself is just a short ride away on the G and Manhattan a mere two stops on the N. If you don’t need to be in the midst of it, it’s a different New York experience that you might enjoy.

Agenda

  • Invasion of the Pines 2017
  • July 4
  • Invasion of the Pines 2017
  • If your idea of paying tribute to the Declaration of Independence involves dancing with half naked men and a boatload of trannies, then head straight to the Pines.

  • The Pines Party 2017
  • July 21 - 23
  • The Pines Party 2017
  • High tops and sandy bottoms. Fire Island’s all-nighter sunset-to-sunrise party takes place on the beach.

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