I was born and raised in Brooklyn. My parents were born and raised in Brooklyn. I am now in my fifties, and can say with 100% certainty that I never expected to use the words "trendy" and "Greenpoint" in the same sentence, but here we are. Brooklyn has undergone a renaissance, and neighborhoods like Greenpoint, once a solid blue collar, Polish area have become ultra hip. The good news is the neighborhood has a mix of upscale restaurants and bars, as well as authentic ethnic food. If you want fantastic pierogis, this is the place. The great news is that there are two subway lines, located equidistant from the hotel, and both a short walk. Taking the #7 train is a double treat. It gets you into midtown Manhattan in about five minutes. To get there, you walk over the Pulaski Bridge to the station and get phenomenal views of the Manhattan skyline for free. So, the Box House...the rooms are huge by New York City standards, and very reasonably priced. That makes it a perfect option for families. They all come with complete kitchens, another money saving feature. The staff is very friendly and efficient. It feels more like your own apartment than a hotel. We had a duplex loft. A queen sized bed was upstairs in the loft, and there was a sleep sofa downstairs. Word of caution...if you need to get up during the night to use the bathroom, its downstairs, so be prepared to walk down the steps. Otherwise, get the one story suite. For a real treat, get a suite with a terrace and a view of the skyline. Its beautiful. The rooms are all spotlessly clean and whimsically decorated. The hotel has eliminated the little bottles of shampoo and conditioner, opting for dispensers in the shower. I like that idea because its better for the environment, but there's no body lotion, so if you use the stuff, BYO. Also, there is no traditional maid service, so if you want your bed made you are on your own. They do pick up the trash and change towels if needed. Linens are changed every three days. There is a nice gym with a sauna, but no bar or restaurant. This isn't really a problem, because the main street in the neighborhood, Manhattan Ave., is just down the block and has plenty of bars, pizza places, restaurants, etc. The hotel has refurbished some vintage NYC Checker Cabs, and offers free shuttle service to both subway stops if you don't want to walk. Also, the neighborhood has plenty of free on street parking.
If you are visiting New York for the first time and want to do the "Big Apple, City that Never Sleeps" thing, don't stay here. Stay in midtown or Times Square. This neighborhood gets pretty quiet at night, but if you want the perfect mix of fun, space, convenience and value there is no better choice than The Box House. We go home to Brooklyn often, and will definitely stay here again.