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Stay: A Brooklyn hotel with community vibes

Upon first sight, The William Vale looks imposing. A commanding presence for its inspired design by Aldo Lamberis, it’s the tallest hotel in Williamsburg, offering vast views of the East River and New York. And yet, the 183-room hotel feels like a neighbourhood hub.

The property’s developers were guided by a concept of urban porosity, whereby passageways and piazzas from various European cities inspired their public spaces: At its base, The William Vale harbours the elevated 15,000-square-foot Vale Park whose rolling greens are anchored by a gleaming retrofitted 1974 Airstream serving burgers, fries, and dairy dips.

Retailers in the adjoining plaza include Suit Supply and Du’s Donuts by revered chef Wylie Dufresne. And commanding a line from the get-go is Westlight  – hotel guests need not wait – where 22nd floor skyline views serve as a 360-degree backdrop for not only the bar, but also pop ups such as The Turf Club, and Scent + Sound Baths (think meditation and Himalayan singing bowls).

Chef Andrew Carmellini pulls crowds to Leuca for wood-fired Southern Italian dishes, also available in snack form at Vale Pool and Terrace (it has the longest pool in NYC). Guest rooms are graced with a lovely, modern aesthetic along with outdoor balconies overlooking New York.

MULTIPLE VIEWPOINTS

The William Vale is a 10-minute taxi ride from Manhattan, a 30-minute stroll from Chinatown via the Williamsburg Bridge, and a six-minute walk to the East River Ferry, which travels to downtown Manhattan and 34th Street, where you hop off to reach East 90th Street and Soundview, the Bronx, stations – both recent additions to the NYC Ferry schedule.

FROM THE CONCIERGE

Brooklyn Bowl

This bowling alley boasts 16 lanes, large leather Chesterfield sofas, and food by Blue Ribbon. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 6-8pm. Oh, and it’s a live music venue, too.

Smorgasburg

Save Saturdays for visiting this open-air market. Featuring over 70 vendors against million-dollar Manhattan views, Smorgasburg in East River State Park offers the best in food.

Words: Marina Kay

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