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This Must Be the Place: Modern-Industrial Long Island City Hotel

IMG_9712Last weekend we checked into the Boro Hotel, a new hotel with amazing New York City views and a cool, modern-industrial feel in the emerging north Long Island City neighborhood of Dutch Kills. The hotel is still in soft-launch phase so not everything was finished (a restaurant I’m told is coming this fall), but the staff was lovely and accommodating (they delivered a refrigerator to our room in 10 minutes so we could chill our beer!) and we barely noticed.

Grzywinsky + Pons designed the building and interiors, creating a really interesting effect with a sort of metal exoskeleton on the exterior. Inside the hotel, I loved the graphic cinderblock wall in the lobby, sleek black-metal counters in the cafe and two-tone walls throughout lending an effective, modern-wainscotting look. Layered onto those industrial elements were some rustic ones like white-washed, wide-plank oak floors and, occasionally, faux walls created with vertical-planks of varying size painted an acid green.

Long Island City has been evolving from an industrial neighborhood to a residential one at rapid speed over the last five years or so. We walked through the LIC Flea and played along the Gantry State Park that runs along the LIC coastline on the East River with stunning Manhattan views. And since we happened to be there for July 4th we grabbed a picnic spot on the Gantry’s boardwalk and enjoyed the Macy’s Fireworks with the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building as a backdrop. It was the perfect re-christening of us Culpeppers as New Yorkers again.

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