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Brooklyn is Hip But Queens is Where the Hotel Boom Is

Excerpt from Crain's New York Business

Jun 15, 2014 2:00 pm

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Queens is no longer just the place where planes land and take off from two major airports. Hoteliers and their customers are making it one of the hottest places in New York to spend a night or two.

— Dennis Schaal

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Most visitors to New York City think of Queens as the place where they arrive and leave via the airports—but it turns out that the borough is increasingly where travelers rest their heads at night.

Queens is leading the outer boroughs in new hotel development, spurred by one of its hottest neighborhoods, Long Island City, which has become a magnet for nearly every prominent hotel brand. Queens added about 500 rooms this year through mid-April, or 9% more than the same period last year, according to STR, a research firm that tracks hotel data. By contrast, Brooklyn did not generate any new hotel rooms during the same period.

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