Hotels are so much more than just a place to lay your head at the end of the day. They've become destinations offering everything from restaurants helmed by celebrity chefs to hot rooftop bars. We evaluated the New York City hotels that have opened within the last year and looked at hotels that will open later this year, and found the buzziest new offerings.
NEW YORK • Created in 1909, Queens Plaza in Long Island City was intended as an attractive gateway to the borough for which it was named. In more recent decades, however, the area became known as a haven for drug-dealing and prostitution and as a filthy, noisy eyesore, where pedestrians risked their lives as they tried to cope with multiple lanes of traffic.
But Queens Plaza — just across the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge from Manhattan — has recently undergone a US$45-million face-lift, shepherded by the city department of planning and financed mainly with federal funds.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn is pretty much synonymous with "gentrification," and these U.S. Census maps showing median household income from the past two decades show you why. Median household income in the Williamsburg Census tracts has shifted drastically over the past two decades, with much of the change happening between 2000 and 2012.