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.