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It’s usually no big deal when a guest come to town and crashes on your couch or in your spare bedroom. What if they have a dog or a cat with them? If you’re allergic, or have pets who are not fond of sharing their spaces, a four-legged house guest can be more than you bargained for.

You’ll be happy to know that there are a number of pet-friendly hotels in Brooklyn. Here are a few, along with pet-friendly things to do nearby.

The NU Hotel is located on Smith Street at Atlantic Avenue, putting it just minutes away from popular attractions like Barclays Center and BAM. There’s also a dog run at Pier 6, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Should anything go awry, it’s steps away from the One Love Animal Hospital. Or, if you need some last minute toys or treats, PetSmart is a block away.

Pets Policy: “We will accommodate your four-legged friends (as long as he or she is under 50lbs) for a $100 one-time cleaning fee.”

Pooch with suitcase photo courtesy of NU Hotel.


A New York Times story pointed out one of the ironies of the building boom going on in Williamsburg: The “Williamsburg aesthetic,” exemplified by the Wythe Hotel’s remake of a vintage industrial building, is a worldwide design trend, but most of the new construction going up in Williamsburg is lowest-common-denominator eight-unit infill or tall glassy boxes designed to maximize profit, not win design awards.

The story details some of the neighborhood’s more interesting new projects, like its two shipping container homes and an interior cedar geodesic dome Kinfolk Studios is building at 94 Wythe Avenue. Architect Heather Roslund, who used to head Community Board One’s land use committee, praised the design of the new glass-fronted Emergency Medical Services depot at 288 Metropolitan Avenue, above.

What’s your take on the new look of Williamsburg?

Standing out Amid Monotony in Residential Design [NY Times]
Photo by New York City Department of Design and Construction


Eater gleans some information on the forthcoming restaurant Andrew Tarlow (of Diner and Marlow & Sons) is opening at the under-construction, Two Trees-developed Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. The hotel’s website has some details about the latest Tarlow venture, which will be called Reynards and open in May. The restaurant will focus on seasonal cuisine and “whole-animal, wood-fired cooking.” Eater reports that it looks like an outpost of Blue Bottle Coffee will also be in the mix at the Wythe. The hotel, which is on North 11th and Wythe, has a targeted opening date of May 1st, and the word as of a few months ago was that room rates would start at around $200 a night. On the jump, a pic of Reynards’ entryway.


The addition on the former textile factory on North 11th Street that Two Trees is developing into a hotel is now on display in all its glassy glory. A teaser website has gone up for the hotel, which will be called the Wythe and is supposed to open by May.
Wythe Hotel [Official Site]
Walentas Williamsburg Hotel Will Open by May 1st and Probably be Called ‘The Wythe’ [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: Two Trees Williamsburg Hotel [Brownstoner]
Walentas Hotel Conversion Gets Airier [Brownstoner]
Work Underway at Walentas Hotel [Brownstoner]
Walentas Hotel Awarded Tax-Free Funds [Brownstoner] GMAP