Churches and hotels are the main tenants of this little corner of Queens; I counted half a dozen of each on my last visit. But the hotel that bestows the most blessings—I can’t comment on the churches—would have to be the Nesva. Its prices are consistently lower than its neighbors’—and the thoughtful staff promises to beat any internet rate by 10% if you call direct!—and the hotel is buffered from the sound of a nearby above-ground subway by another hotel standing between it and the tracks. Plus the rooms are just as pleasant as those of its rivals, with quality beds and non-cookie-cutter contemporary décor (lots of brown with orange patterning, nice wood furnishings). The nearby subway stop is just a two-stop hop from midtown Manhattan.
- Pauline Frommer