Like many places in Brooklyn, this property went from being a 19th-century warehouse, to low-cost housing for artists, to a glossy biz venture, in this case in the hospitality industry. What’s unusual here, at least if what the chatty receptionist told me is true, is that many of the original art works that dot the walls, in both public spaces and guest rooms, were done by one of the tenants from the artist garret days. Also uncommon: how large, light, airy, and handsome these rooms are, each with high ceilings, good beds, and hardwood floors. “Found objects” (like antique snowshoes) are interspersed on the walls with the paintings, giving the rooms a kooky charm. The suites are particularly good for families and small groups, as they’re quite spacious with pull-out couches in the outer room, many with full kitchens. So why does this come priced at usually a good $50 less that what you’d pay at other NYC hotels of this caliber? It all comes down to the Henry Norman’s location. The neighborhood is a mix of lower middle-class homes, warehouses, and (only recently) several film stages and production offices, which have speeded up gentrification. But this isn’t hipster Brooklyn . . . yet. It’s also a good 10-minute walk to the subway.
New York City
New York City› Hotel
Henry Norman Hotel
251 N. Henry St. (near Norman Ave.), Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Our Rating Neighborhood Brooklyn Transportation Subway: G to Nassau Ave. Phone 718/663-2100 Prices $164–$349 double Amenities Gym, neighborhood shuttle, free Wi-Fi Units 52 Units Web site Henry Norman Hotel
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.