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Brooklyn just got a new boutique hotel in art-friendly Bushwick. BKLYN House has opened near the J and M subway lines, offering easy access to downtown Manhattan. The 113 guestroom loft-style hotel is also within walking distance of many of Bushwick's galleries, cafes and restaurants, and has its own public gallery with commissioned works by local artists.
Guestrooms at BKLYN House have complimentary Wi-Fi, pillow-top bedding, flatscreen televisions, and raw wood and iron desks. Each external door is tagged with barcode-style numerals. Bright pops of color, such as industrial orange cage light fixtures and sleek turquoise chairs, complement slate grey walls and dark hardwood floors in all accommodations. Bathrooms are stocked with eco-friendly Paul Mitchell products.
Brooklyn Brewery beers, chocolate bars from local confectioners Tumbador and Fine & Row, and snacks from Cobble Hill’s cult Stinky Bklyn cheese shop are on sale in the lobby, which is dominated by an oversized Brooklyn map graphic by street artist DINKC. The adjoining gallery will host group shows of 10-12 local artists on a quarterly basis. The first exhibition is set to debut in January 2016. The hotel’s art program is part an ongoing collaboration between BKLYN House and IMAGE Gallery, a contemporary exhibition space and printing studio in Bushwick.
BKLYN House has also commissioned independent Brooklyn-based artists with Renaissance Collective and IMAGE Gallery to tag the lobby and each of the eight guestroom floors with street art-inspired depictions of different Brooklyn neighborhoods, such as the lobby’s mural depicting a location map encompassing all the neighborhoods of Brooklyn with a “You are Here” marker in Bushwick by DINKC, an ornate Coney Island mural with a mermaid by OVRLND Collective and a gritty Flatbush piece by New York graffiti legend Yes One.
In summer 2016, the hotel will launch a sidewalk terrace with a mobile bar serving drinks and snacks. It also plans to host two to four local food trucks on the surrounding areas of its corner lot. A rooftop bar overlooking Bushwick, Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant and the Manhattan skyline will also debut next summer.
In the meantime, BKLYN House serves complimentary continental deluxe breakfast with Brooklyn bagels, juices and coffee in a modern, all-white breakfast area.
BKLYN House also has a 24-hour concierge service, fully stocked business center, complimentary Wi-Fi, limited onsite parking and workout passes to nearby fitness centers Crunch and Planet Fitness. Rates start at $179 and range to $499.