Need a change of scenery? We hear you. Grab your weekender and get ready for your next staycation, destination- Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Enjoy a weekend of history, culture, art, food and vintage shopping while immersing yourself in this story-book neighborhood. Stay at The Box House Hotel, a decadent spot that offers ‘out of towners’ an authentic, immersive and inimitable Brooklyn experience. With details such as an open and artistically decorated lobby, vintage treasures, exposed brick, oak hardwood floors, and collectible oddities and curiosities throughout, this local gem will have you feeling like a true Brooklynite in no time.
A short drive, train or ferry ride from Manhattan and located in what’s called the Industrial Chic neighborhood of Northern Greenpoint, The Box House Hotel boasts over 130 contemporary loft suites. It offers complimentary luxury car service, a full access fitness center and sauna, a 24-hour business lounge and a rooftop with views of the remarkable Manhattan skyline. Complete with its very own bar and restaurant called The Brooklyn Lantern, we suggest a delectable breakfast there before a day of exploring. The colored glass windows cast a warm and brilliant glow in the morning light. Pair that with a double espresso, croissants, conversation and a bevy of local and organic offerings and the stage is set stage for a perfect weekend day.
If you love Vintage shopping as much as we do then be sure to check out one of the many vintage shops like, Copper + Plaid or Mahps Vintage. Take in some local art at The Greenpoint Gallery, relish in an Italian lunch in the garden at Milk and Honey and after relax under a tree, at Satellite Park. Later in the afternoon, take in a reading at Word Bookstore, share a donut from the famous Peter Pan Donut and Pastry shop and then take a walk along the historic waterfront that features unique boutiques and cool art spaces housed within old warehouses and factories. Around each corner you’ll discover gems like Bellocq Tea Atelier, an unexpected emporium featuring teas and accessories from around the world and our favorite Anima Mundi Herbals, a modern & mystical apothecary that makes, sells and serves botanical elixirs, tonics, super herbs and plant medicines for mind and body wellness.
Back at The Box House hotel, score yourself one of their complimentary Mercedes SUV’s and head on over to their sister hotel The Franklin Guesthouse for dinner. There you’ll find Bar Glory, a dimly lit neighborhood bar and restaurant whose menu is loosely inspired by Central & East Asia with classic cocktails and a natural wine list. There, exotic scents fill the air and the room brims with a diverse and attractive crowd. Order the Ginger Typhoon cocktail to start and poppy seed and onion jam bao— really what could go wrong with a name like Ginger Typhoon? From there it was on to, lamb and pistachio dumplings to chocolate ganache and cherry pit ice cream adorned with an architectural shard of orange blossom meringue. BarGlory covers all your sweet and savory needs.
Back at your hotel, lounge on your terrace, relax in your suite, take it all in and know that you can come back anytime. Greenpoint, Brooklyn had us at hello. One weekend visit and it’ll have you feeling exactly the same. Weekenders, this summer, Rosé in hand, we’ll see you there.
By Gwen Wunderlich