Ultra-sustainable luxury hotel opens in Brooklyn

Uber-cool twixt Brooklyn Bridge and Wall Street

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Once, Brooklyn was a place you had to work hard to convince Manhattanites to visit. How things change. Today they (and the rest of the world, it sometimes seems) flock to the other borough for its multitude of white-hot attractions, from Williamsburg (where super-chef Andrew Carmellini’s rooftop bar Westlight and excellent southern-Italian restaurant Leuca – both at the achingly cool William Vale hotel [www.thewilliamvale.com; from $325] – are smash hits city-wide) to once-gritty Red Hook (where the Food Vendor’s Marketplace and Lobster Pound are sacrosanct foodie destinations). Even hotelier and Starwood Capital founder Barry Sternlicht is a convert: his 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (www.1hotels.com; from $350), part of the ultra-sustainable luxury brand he founded in 2014, debuts this month in a 10-storey tower overlooking Brooklyn Bridge Park and the pinnacles of Wall Street, with rooms clad in reclaimed timber from upstate New York, suffused with natural light and furnished with hemp-blend mattresses and triple-filtered “house” water.  

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