Get a room in Brooklyn or Queens Although the growing attractions of Brooklyn and Queens have been luring visitors for several years, the outer boroughs haven’t been seen as a base for tourists—until now. As ever-rising rents push young creative types out of Manhattan, and formerly diverse areas are homogenized by national chains, visitors in search of New York’s bohemian spirit may find the atmosphere they crave off-island. In Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Bushwick have adventurous music and art scenes, while Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and Park Slope are great for dining and shopping. In Queens, Long Island City is an evolving art destination with a rising number of hip watering holes. Supply is keeping up with demand: Since 2008, more than 40 per cent of new hotel development has been outside Manhattan.
Now that apartments in Brooklyn’s prime neighborhoods are fetching millions of dollars, it was inevitable that boutique hotels would follow. The first two opened in late 2007: Hotel Le Bleu has easy access to the cultural and commercial riches of Park Slope, while Williamsburg’s Hotel Le Jolie allows indie music fans the chance to spend the night in the hot spot after a gig. Newcomer King & Grove Williamsburg, which launched as Hotel Williamsburg in fall 2011, raised the bar with a 40-foot outdoor pool serviced by a cocktail bar, but the Wythe Hotel, created by a team that includes a popular local restaurateur, truly captures the neighborhood’s hip factor. Boer