Urban Living: Designer Travel
On the west coast of Long Island, New York, two former factories have been converted into hip hotels. One is in Queens while the other is in Brooklyn, each has a strong industrial heritage and its own unique appeal. Both hotels are only a short journey from Manhattan, yet sufficiently removed to offer escape from the bustle. Where workers once toiled through lengthy shifts, a slower pace of life is now positively encouraged. We can certainly see why Paper Factory Hotel and Wythe Hotel attract local trendies and design-conscious out-of-towners.
Paper Factory Hotel
37-06 36th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
The urban rustic decor of Paper Factory Hotel’s guest rooms complements the former factory’s original features.
This factory, built in 1922, was first home to the Pilot Radio Company, where radios and radio parts were manufactured for home use. During WWII, the plant went into the production of communication devices. As paper production began to soar, in direct relation to the newspaper industry boom during the war, the huge site became a paper mill. But by 1970, the building and the neighbourhood had fallen into neglect. The area experienced a resurgence during the dot com era, but it wasn’t until 2012 that a developer saw potential in the towering industrial complex at its heart. The conversion retains or reclaims many of the factory’s original features. There are polished concrete floors and vintage hammered metal doors throughout. 12-foot high ceilings and expansive windows fill the public spaces and inviting guest rooms with air and natural light. Occasional steampunk details are juxtaposed with unusual upcycled elements. But one of the most striking installations is a fitting commemoration to the hotel’s former function; a majestic, century old paper printing machine. paperfactoryhotel.com
Enormous factory windows fill the hotel’s interiors with natural light
The hotel’s dramatic spiral staircase features a towering central column of hardback books.
The Paper Factory Hotel stands in the heart of Queens, a symbol both of the neighbourhood’s industrial past and recent regeneration.
80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249
50-foot tall neon HOTEL signage was created by artist Tom Fruin using salvaged New York street signs.
This former textile building, set one block back from the Williamsburg waterfront, was built in 1901. It once stood at the heart of a thriving industrial region but over the years, with the decline of manufacturing, the area has been claimed by new communities and creatives. The factory was converted in 2012. While Wythe Hotel is certainly Williamsburg’s first boutique offering, it might just lead the pack for its interiors. With exposed brick walls, timber beamed ceilings and cast-iron columns, the building exudes genuine industrial style. Understated décor, characterised by reclaimed and vintage furniture, is complemented by witty custom-designed wallcoverings such as the Wythe Toile depicting local urban scenes. The factory windows and popular rooftop bar offer amazing views of Manhattan. wythehotel.com
There’s a unique view from every one of the factory windows.
Making a reservation at Wythe Hotel, you will have the option to choose from accommodation ranging from reasonably priced bunk-beds to factory chic corner lofts.
Reynard, the Wythe Hotel’s eatery is overseen by Andrew Tarlow, a renowned restaurateur widely credited for Brooklyn’s culinary ascendancy. The restaurant serves contemporary cuisine in a rich, industrial environment.
White subway tiles line the bathroom walls, which are decorated in a monochrome palette.
Wake up to fantastic views over Brooklyn in the Historic Corner King room
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