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 ExploreBK.com 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.”