Long Island City has a new “It” hotel — the Z New York — in the vein of the Ace and the Yotel, which also attracted business to neighborhoods in need of a little nightlife kick.
The main attraction of LIC’s newbie isn’t the rooms (yes, they’re affordable — there’s a $169 special advertised now — but they’re tiny); it’s the 5,000-square-foot rooftop bar.
From 12 stories up, there’s an amazing view of Manhattan, plus crispy thin-crust pizza and $12 cocktails. A $9 happy- hour drink special runs Monday to Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
An indoor gastropub serving drinks — food will come a little later — and a beer garden expected to open late this fall add to the appeal of the Z.
Well, that and the fact that it’s only a 10-minute cab ride from midtown.
The Z New York Hotel is located at 11-01 43rd Ave., at 11th St., in Long Island City (212-319-7000).