Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge Reno Reflects NYC’s Emerging Borough

Marriott Brooklyn Bridge, New York, Manhattan
The iconic Brooklyn Bridge at sunset

When it comes to emerging neighborhoods in New York City, Brooklyn is on fire. Now, its largest hotel, the 667-room New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, is undergoing a $43 million renovation that will speak to its setting. The first phase of the renovation—including a new Great Room Lobby and front desk, with a large abstract mural of the iconic bridge as its focal point—will be unveiled in May.

The renovation will celebrate the hotel’s location in what has surely become the city’s hippest borough, including Brooklyn-inspired artwork and locally sourced food and drinks—craft beers, wine from the Brooklyn Winery and coffee from Brooklyn Roasting Company.

The hotel’s concierge team has partnered with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce to share local culture and events with guests via the chamber’s new web site. For groups, tour options abound. The Like a Native walking tours explore Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and touches on culture, history, architecture, landscape and urban planning, while a Made In Brooklyn tour focuses on the borough’s burgeoning maker community, everyone from blown glass artists to furniture craftsmen. Tours also explore the sizzling local culinary scene, with dozens of small businesses generating buzz—such as The Bagel Store, where owner Scot Rosillo is considered one of the world’s premier “bagel artists.”

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.