Magic hour on the East River
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Cool Hunting.com: Housed in a renovated factory building on the Williamsburg waterfront, the Wythe Hotel marks the long-due maturation of the booming Brooklyn neighborhood. The place embraces local flavor by blending grungy industrial looks with luxe hospitality, and there’s plenty of buzz around the involvement of restaurateur Andrew Tarlow of Marlow & Sons and Diner fame. “It’s a grown-up version of what’s happening in Brooklyn,” says Tarlow of the Wythe. At present, it stands as a beacon for the direction of Williamsburg, a place to stay and feel at home in one of the hippest corners of NYC.
80 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Oh baby, it’s the first summer weekend with access to all public pools in New York City and I am feeling excited, especially because this weekend’s going to be a heat wave!
*Photo: AM NY
I am really looking forward to taking a dip in Williamsburg’s once defunct McCarren Pool that found a second-life as a popular Brooklyn concert venue, and had since gotten lucky with a $50 million dollar injection of funds to transform itself yet again, becoming one of New York’s most anticipated summer hotspots. (Open 11am-7pm, free admission)
I also want to check out the new 1,500 square foot “pop-up” pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park at Pier 2, which has a stretching view of the Manhattan skyline. (Open 10am-6pm, free admission)
Another spot that’s on my list is Central Park’s Lasker Pool, located mid-park between 106th and 108th Streets and overlooks Harlem Meer. (Open 11am-7pm, free admission)
*Photo: Corey Wise/Lonely Planet
Monster Island in Williamsburg is being knocked over to build, who knows, another condo. To draw the “curtains” on the space, they spilled paint down the side of the building covering its famous murals (Via deleteyourself)