Move over, Manhattan. It’s time to meet Brooklyn.
When NYC & Company heads to Austin, Texas, for the annual PCMA Convening Leaders event Jan. 8-11, representatives from the CVB plan to talk up Brooklyn for good reason. With more than 28 hotels in the pipeline, the borough expects to be home to over 3,500 hotel rooms by 2019.
“Brooklyn’s popularity has resonated more in recent years with meeting planners thanks to global hotel brands investing in the borough’s meetings industry, the borough’s lively culture and its appeal to a new generation of attendees,” says Jerry Cito, senior vice president of convention development for NYC & Company. “With these new developments, along with unique venues and easy transportation access to Manhattan by subway and ferry, we are inviting planners to see why more people are choosing to Make It NYC in Brooklyn.”
The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn Heights will open in February. Situated beside the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront, the property will offer 194 guest rooms and suites, a 3,475-square-foot rooftop venue, more than 20,000 sq. ft. meeting space. For small presentations, there’s a 50-person screening room. Guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Manhattan skyline.
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge in Downtown Brooklyn completed a $45 million transformation last summer, including the renovation of its 667 guest rooms and suites. The hotel’s 40,000 sq. ft. banquet and meeting spaces was modernized, too.
William Vale debuted in Williamsburg last summer. It overlooks the Manhattan skyline, offering 183 guest rooms, a 4,100 square-foot ballroom and a 15,000-square-foot green space. The rooftop bar on the 22nd floor provides amazing views of Manhattan.
For entertainment or major events, Barclays Center is in the heart of Brooklyn. Besides being the home to the NBA Brooklyn Nets and the NHL New York Islanders, it hosts premier concerts, professional matches and college basketball. Major events have included the MTV Video Music Awards, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 2015 NBA All-Star weekend and four NBA Drafts.
The Brooklyn EXPO Center in Greenpoint has 60,000 sq. ft. of event space for design shows, tech expos and product launches.
NYC & Company says that Brooklyn offers attendees an authentic New York City experience without breaking the bank. Yet another reason to meet Brooklyn.