We’ll let you in on a secret, Brooklyn is no longer the coolest neighbourhood in New York. Move over hipsters because Queens has knocked you off of your second-hand, reclaimed-wood stool. Join the early-adopters (obviously they moved in months ago) in the greener spaces, the authentic, ramen hotspots and enjoy a less-frantic pace of life.

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Boro Hotel

Not a week goes by that you won’t hear of an ‘up-and-coming neighbourhood’ in New York. Long Island City, next to bustling Astoria, has been slowly and steadily growing in popularity and we can safely say that it really is the new place to live and hang out. The Boro Hotel, a magnificent architectural gem is banking on LIC’s new status. Cool, modern and minimalist, the hotel reflects the unpresuming neighbourhood and its new inhabitants. Sure, it’s not located in the heart of Manhattan, but after a long, hectic day you’ll be grateful for the 360-degree views, open space and absence of noisy traffic. Queens really is a place for early adopters, so don’t expect Williamsburg’s ersatz boho vibe.

  • +1 718 433 1375
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  • 38-28 27th Street
    Long Island City

Ravel Hotel

The view from the rooftop pool and bar, Penthouse808, is probably the most talked about in Queens. The area is slightly grittier than other boutique hotels (you have to pass through industrial buildings to reach it) but despite the lacklustre surroundings the interior is ultra sleek and polished. Rooms are meticulously decorated in white and grey with large-ceilings, you get a lot more bang for your buck here. Did we mention the view? Poised next to Queensboro bridge with views stretching over Manhattan there’s no need to compete with crowds of tourists for the perfect selfie.

Z Hotel

Transport yourself back to the golden age of travel as steamer trunk and retro arrival boards welcome you to the Z Hotel. All rooms feature floor-to-ceiling views of Manhattan, undoubtedly the hotel’s finest asset. That or the complimentary shuttle Cadillac whizzes you straight from the hotel to Manhattan – Uber who?

  • +1 212-319-7000
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  • 11-01 43rd Ave
    Long Island City
    NY 11101

Boro Hotel

Z NYC Hotel

Ravel Hotel

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