Now At 77 Box Street: WTF?

August 21, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I suspect some of you have wondered, gentle readers, exactly what the deal is with the inexplicable bit of residential property (as seen above from the stairwell of the Pulaski bridge) perched atop this otherwise industrial building. I know I have.  So you can imagine my delight when today— at long last— I got an answer: it is a hotel!

More specifically: it is The Box House Hotel. After I stopped laughing I headed home without delay. I simply had to see this website for myself.

It is truly something to behold. Follows is my favorite passage for your edification and/or amusement:

Not a hotel in your traditional sense, but what we offer are gorgeous designer loft apartments available for rental, either weekly or monthly. Very private. Located in the Industrial chic area of North Greenpoint. Walking distance to the Vernon-Jackson 7 train ( 1 stop from Grand Central station) or The Greenpoint avenue G train.

I have lived in Greenpoint for over 11 years now. I honestly did not know this area (which is a used-condom’s toss from the Newtown Creek Waste Water Treatment Facility) constituted “chic”. Obviously I am way behind the times. Thus desiring to get caught up— and learn what constitutes “Industrial chic”— I pulled up a satellite map via Google. Follows are my findings/conclusions:

“Industrial chic” (as found in north Greenpoint, anyway) is any one/combination of the following:

  • McGuinness Boulevard
  • The Pulaski Bridge
  • A rather large DOT Facility
  • Continental Auto Parts
  • McGuinness Power Brake Service
  • Newtown Creek
  • Motiva and (albeit some ways down the road)
  • One very short block away from a 200 bed assessment center for homeless, single men.

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Who knew?!? I certainly didn’t! I suppose it goes without saying that such luxe environs (and accommodations) come at a price. Without further ado, here are the rates. Get your checkbooks ready!

Standard Suite 600sf 

  • Weekend (3 night/ Fri.-Sun.) $500
  • Week $800
  • Month $2500

City View Suite 650sf

  • Weekend (3 night/ Fri.-Sun.) $525
  • Week $875
  • Month $2800

Duplex Suite 800sf

  • Weekend (3 night/ Fri.-Sun.) $550
  • Week $925
  • Month $2950

Two Bedroom Suite

  • Per Night $225
  • Week $1500
  • Month $4950

Don’t believe me? Point and click your way to this establishment’s website and see for yourself! I’ll have a box of Kleenex ready when you’re done.

Miss Heather

P.S.: Lest you are wondering this arrangement is perfectly legal.


The Word On The Street: A Box Street Inquiry

Taken July 12, 2011.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Starter: GMDC

July 1, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

180/365 - Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center.

Taken by Gina Herold.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photos du Jour: Tentacles

June 24, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Bloomblight, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

From Box Street.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo du Jour: Box Street

February 15, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Feral Furniture, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I stumbled upon this most curious item as I was headed to Lincoln Restler’s Eviction Notice press release at 65 Commercial Street. Naturally I captured the whole affair on video and you can look forward to seeing it here!

Miss Heather

The Word On The Street: Box Street

Okay, this isn’t so much a word as a WHAT. Note how the artist responsible for this masterpiece took great care to make it known this thing (an extra-terrestrial, perhaps?) is most decidedly female.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Box Street

October 12, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken October 10, 2010.

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Degentrification Watch: Anyone Have $2.6 Million?

June 21, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

If so 48 Box Street, one of yours trulys favorite pieces of real estate insanity, can be yours! What in my opinion makes this listing so special is the advertising copy. It runs as follows:

Magnificent new building in the up coming neighborhood of Green Point, Williamsburg and Lic. Distance to Newtown Creek where thousands of residents are planned, tax abatements for 16 years, 1 car garage, storage space, 8′ concrete, top of the line appliances, height ceilings, Co as now pending on last 2 test.

I checked the Department of Buildings online database and sure enough, this building has no Certificate of Occupancy. I suppose this should come as no surprise. It’s not like the folks who constructed this building gave much thought or concern about such trivialities (including Stop Work Orders) before. As for using Newtown Creek and eight feet of concrete as a selling tool, it remains to be seen how effective this marketing strategy will be. My closing thoughts: if you are going to take this rather unorthodox approach to neighborhood “amenities” why not toss in “steps away from the Pulaski Bridge, McGuinness Boulevard and the Newtown Creek Nature Walk (featuring the Shit Tits— as seen on television!) as well?

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: No Evil

October 8, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Crazy Cat Lady, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


From Orphanage Mopeds on Manhattan Avenue.

Miss Heather

New & Noteworthy: Orphanage Mopeds

July 21, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


Okay, this isn’t that new (per the gentleman I spoke to this afternoon this establishment has been open since April) but I want to pass it along to all my moped-loving friends and neighbors. Although I eschew operating motorized transportation (or anything with wheels period— I do so in the interest of public safety*), I think mopeds are a great way to fight gridlock. What’s more, instead of selling new merchandise the folks at Orphanage restore older (and many cases, very neat) models for re-use. Swing by their shop (or web site) and see for yourself!

Orphanage Moped Shop
1138 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

(718) 389-1979

And that’s all she wrote!

Miss Heather

*and out of reverence for the movie Repo Man— which is why I ride the bus. Both of them.

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