Mason jars and artisanal foodstuffs have long since hit their saturation points, but there’s still plenty of room in Brooklyn for luxury development.
1Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (60 Furman St., 877-803-1111) has achieved a developer’s dream: the perfect East River and Manhattan views from South Brooklyn. The hotel was designed with local artisans, using reclaimed materials in streamlined forms (lots of straight lines, planks, and grids) and a warm neutral palette. The term “eco-chic” almost doesn’t do it justice.
The Hilton Brooklyn (140 Schermerhorn St., 718-834-8800) stands on a historic site that was home to a two-block-long rope factory owned by Peter Schermerhorn in the 19th century. References to the site’s history can be seen throughout the hotel’s interiors—from images of the ropewalk in the custom-designed guestroom wallpaper to rope-patterned carpeting in the corridors. The 196-room hotel occupies the first six floors of a 19-story commercial, retail, and condominium development in Boerum Hill. An added bonus is the new hot spot Black Walnut, a full restaurant and bar by prolific Brooklyn chef Rob Newton.
Greenpoint’s Franklin Guesthouse (214 Franklin St., 718-383- 3900) is a boutique hotel with compartmentalized suites featuring cozy linens, modern furniture, and View-Masters scattered around the room. It’s minutes away from 21 Greenpoint, the ultimate Sunday brunch outpost, known for communal dining tables and shared plates, from Syd Silver and Homer Murray.