An irony of Manhattan real estate is that some of the best views come not from the island itself, but from across the rivers. The newly opened 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge addresses that issue. Situated in Brooklyn Bridge Park, just a few blocks south of the iconic suspension bridge and overlooking the East River, the ten-story luxury project designed by New York architectural firm Incorporated features floor-to-ceiling windows in its 194 rooms. The view of the downtown skyline, the Statue of Liberty, the river, and the bridge is unencumbered—and stunning.
Inside 1 Hotel is just as remarkable. Design elements pay tribute to Brooklyn, creating an industrial-Zen feel with regional and reclaimed materials, such as pine beams from the former Domino Sugar Refinery and walnut from Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Though eco-consciousness is tantamount to the hotel's design and practices (a rain-water reclamation system, use of wind power, etc.), luxury is not sacrificed, with amenities such as rooftop bar and pool, a tenth floor lounge, and a spa and yoga.