Aloft Long Island City-Manhattan View, designed by Gene Kaufman Architect, will open next month in Long Island City at 27-45 Jackson Avenue. It is the second Aloft designed by Gene Kaufman Architect after Aloft New York Brooklyn, which opened in 2011.1
The firm’s interior design team, led by Natalia Todorova, created the hotel’s interiors.
Nissim Seliktar is the developer of the new project.
Aloft Long Island City is the newest location of Starwood Hotels’ popular international Aloft brand, which offers travelers modern, tech-savvy design and a youthful, “hip” social experience at an affordable price. The brand has more than 100 locations in 30 countries.
The 74,000-square-foot, 176-room hotel has a commanding street presence. An 18-story structure fronts Jackson Avenue, rising high above its neighbors and sporting a stepped façade of black brick. A dramatic central section made of metal-and-glass panels in two shades of blue begins on the ninth floor and rises until it peaks on the eighteenth. A second, eight-story structure sits behind the street-side building, separated by a gracious courtyard.
Gene Kaufman Architect’s interiors team designed the hotel’s guest rooms and public spaces, fulfilling brand standards that call for an urban, contemporary and youthful social experience, as the open-plan lobby suggests. Public spaces include the colorful, W XYZ bar, with its vibrant finishes; the comfortable Re:mix lounge; the grab-and-go Re:fuel healthy snack bar, stocked with local treats and open 24/7; the Re:charge gym; and 1,500 square feet of meeting space. The hotel also has a pool and a 1,700-square-foot ground floor terrace. The sleek, inviting guest rooms feature the brand’s signature platform bed and artwork by local artists.
Said Gene Kaufman, Founder and Principal of Gene Kaufman Architect: “Since I was a child, growing up in Queens, I’ve heard about Long Island City’s becoming ‘the next big place.’ Now, all these years later, I’m proud to be doing a high-profile hotel in the heart of the area. The hotel has a dramatic design, skyline views, and is adjacent to mass transit connections. Sitting in the middle of what has become a red-hot, first-choice destination for real estate investors and travelers alike, this hotel is going to be a destination in its own right.”