Make it Happen

Make it Happen


Converted warehouses. Cocktails in jam jars. Sharing plates. Filament light bulbs. Farm-to-table. Reclaimed furnishings. Bare brick walls. Typewriter typefaces. Bespoke this. Artisanal that. Not to mention the beards…lots of beards.

Yes, it’s home to the hipster movement and a hundred lifestyle trends to match, but Brooklyn is also much, much more besides.

Built as a farming village by the Dutch back in the early 1600s, Breuckelen – as it was then known – has endured a turbulent and storied history, redefining itself and building one of the most culturally fascinating destinations in modern America.

Today, Brooklyn is a melting pot of ideas, creativity and innovation.

Above all Brooklyn’s diverse culture is driven by a DIY attitude, leading to our overarching theme for this year’s Sleepover of ‘Make it Happen!“

In recent years, as Brooklyn’s creative communities have begun to disperse to Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and beyond, Williamsburg and neighbouring DUMBO have become hotspots for new models of real-estate development. Boutique hotels and luxury condos sit side-by-side with start-up labs, co-working spaces, makers workshops, urban farms and craft breweries.

Recent additions to the Brooklyn hotel scene include…

  • The Williamsburg – a redbrick waterfront newbuild with interiors by London-based Michaelis Boyd
  • Wythe Hotel – the original kid on the Williamsburg block housed in a former cooperage built in 1901
  • The William Vale – Studio Munge interiors in a bold Albo Liberis designed landmark building
  • 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge – the DUMBO outpost of Barry Sternlicht’s sustainable, nature-inspired hotel brand
  • The Tillary Hotel – formerly known as the Dazzler, The Tillary sees art deco design from Brookyln-based Cl-oth Interiors
  • Franklin Guesthouse – intimate guesthouse with apartment-style guestrooms in Greenpoint
  • The Hoxton – Ennismore’s first Hoxton in the US is currently under construction, slated to open in 2018