Life…I wonder…will it take me under…I dunno…
As you cross over the Queensboro Bridge into the world’s largest and most notorious projects you may feel like you followed the wrong directions. You didn’t. Welcome to Queensbridge.
You know your trip is off to a good start as the first building you see, located directly under the bridge, is a strip club. Just a few blocks away, sticking out above the surrounding project buildings, chop shops, pawn shops, and liquor stores, is the Sleep Inn.
The hotel itself is nice. So if you can get over the surrounding area and the amount of shootings that take place in that particular area, its not a bad deal. If someone tries to rob you, tell them you know Nas, it won’t hurt. Whatever you do, don’t run around shouting “The Bridge Is Over!!!” or play KRS-1 too loudly.
One of the keys to staying in this hotel is making sure you park your car in the underground garage. I dunno if you want to leave your car on the street all night, unless you like cinderblocks better than tires. The hotel had about 25 spots underground, first check in first serve, so try to get there in time to secure a spot.
The location is pretty great, with Manhattan just a few minutes away across the bridge. You could probably walk there or take the subway, but I wouldn’t recommend either option.
The best way to get to the city is to walk 1 block to the main road and hail down a cab. Just be sure to say hello to Celo-Catra, the alley cat that lives in the cellar of the corner store. Or, if that 1 block walk (can be scary at night), is too far, the front desk will call you a towncar which is 2x the price of a real cab.
It seemed like most of the people staying in this hotel were not from America, and I’m guessing most American’s understood the location was not ideal for safety.
Oh, they have free continental breakfast. Eggs, cereal, OJ, and some bagels. Some other stuff. The hotel also has free internet too, which is nice. The lobby is great, the rooms are small but nice, the “king” beds are smaller than normal. There is a typical small hotel workout room. Basically the hotel is cool, and makes you forget where you are.
As for where to get things in the neighborhood, you can get some beer in a brown paper bag at the corner store, there is a Subway food place there too. Other than that its all chop shops. We walked several blocks down the road to get liquor, and passed 1 or 2 shady food places. The best closest place to walk to (past the project buildings) is the Bell Aire Diner up in Astoria which is like a 20 minute walk. Just be sure to not look directly into the eyes of what we call the "trash rummagers" who hang out all day behind the hotel sifting through garbage.
Our group walked the streets during the day, hung out on the corner at night, and I even walked the streets alone at 2am to that special place under the bridge, and I was fine...luckily...
So if you want to save about $100+ a night, don’t mind the occasional gunshot wound, and are traveling in a large group, stay in Long Island City’s finest hotel. Don’t bring your family here.
I had a great time…LIC 4 Lyfe.
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