The Hippest Hotel in New York! Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City, Queens.

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While in New York for my recent TV shoot, I stayed at the newly-opened The Paper Factory Hotel. It’s a 100-year-old industrial space that has been transformed into an artsy hotel, with a magnificent view from the rooftop.

Come, and let’s explore a Factory that would delight Andy Warhol…

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How amazing is the NYC skyline from the hotel’s rooftop? (All images by Ryan Edwardson Photography)

I’m wearing hand-printed pattern tights c/o Gal Stern, a talented textile designer from Israel. My shoes are from Shinjuku Lumine.

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The purple knit top is Candy Stripper, found at Closet Child. My blue animal print dress is from Siam Discovery Center in Bangkok.

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What a joy to explore this rooftop area, covered in intriguing graffiti like the words “Memento Mori.” This building has so much history: a century ago, it was a paper factory.

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Today, it’s a 122-room hotel that is uber-modern and comfy, while preserving the historic manufacturing vibe. Old machine parts have become works of art, placed all around.

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Foosball, anyone?

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The Paper Factory Hotel is located in an unexpected place: Long Island City / Astoria in Queens. (Address: 37-06 36th Street, Long Island City, New York).

Sounds far? Not at all: the location is just across the East River from Manhattan, and meters from two subway stops. Ride the metro for 15 minutes, and you’re in midtown.

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“Moshi moshi?” I loved playing around with the eclectic objects around the hotel. These included a British telephone booth, Thai rickshaw, Vespa, and vintage kid-sized automobiles.

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These days, the main function of phones is for selfie-taking, rather than making calls…

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The Paper Factory Hotel cleverly pays tribute to its former incarnation. I noticed elements like a polished concrete floor, inset with clippings from 19th-century Queens newspapers.

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Althought I lived in Manhattan for years while attending school, I never explored Long Island City. Today, it’s become an emerging hip neighborhood, with a relaxed industrial vibe.

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The lobby has a cafe — you can tell I’m pleased with my giant cup of coffee. Within walking distance, there were plenty of affordable local cafes and pubs. (And this area is safe, so don’t worry about walking around at night.)

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The staff was lovely, and I hope I can be back for the summer opening of Mundo, a earthy Mediterranean restaurant. The downstairs area may also be converted into a club or gallery space.

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The Paper Factory Hotel often hosts art exhibits and workshops. They’re right by the Noguchi museum, MoMA PS1, and the Museum of the Moving Image.

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I’m 100% behind their mission to encourage creativity and collaboration. The website states: “We will help connect you with other like-minded individuals so that you might perhaps motivate each other and restore innovation to all aspects of life.”

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My room was enormous — what a nice change from the usual cramped Manhattan spaces!

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It even had a kitchenette and stand-alone mirror. I’m wearing a Moi-meme-moitie cemetery dress (Sleeping Garden print by Mana’s brand), and Gal Stern Flashback tights. You can shop her handmade legwear collection through her website.

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I hope you’ll keep this hotel in mind, when you’re next visiting NY. Their site has special deals and lets you book online.

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Thanks to the Paper Factory Hotel for hosting me and my TV team. We were blown away by this view of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings!

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I had the best time shooting with photographer Ryan Edwardson, who is based in Toronto. He has a great eye for composition and capturing natural moments.

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Here is a behind-the-scenes shot from our photoshoot on the rooftop.

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Ryan caught my happy reaction to a sip of fresh coffee.

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He’s a world traveler and storyteller, and this comes across in his photography. If you’re looking for a Toronto photographer — whether for weddings, commercial projects, portraits — keep Ryan Edwardson in mind.

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I still have more photos from this chic boutique hotel to show you. Until then, you can see previews (and cat, and current travels in South Africa and Asia) on my LaCarmina Instagram.

Have you been to New York, New York? What do you think of the Paper Factory, and the mood of these images?

PS: I’m on the cover of Kirameki Magazine, out July 15! Here’s a preview of my magazine cover – yes, I’m wearing Moi-meme-Moitie.



  1. Mayumi
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    someday hope to drop by the hotel too or being able to meet up with u someday too

  2. Iris
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm | Permalink


  3. Catfish
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    LOVE THAT CITY! Enjoy!

  4. Wendy
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    hotel looks fabulous!

  5. Drea
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    we love

  6. mira
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    would love to chat!

  7. Amy
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    It looks amazing there! :)

  8. Kelsey E. Benedict
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    I love that purple sweater so much!

  9. Silver Base
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    >_< ///

  10. CharloJiho
    Posted July 3, 2014 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Great photos ! I love the color of your hair !

  11. nat
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink


  12. tila
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    love this hotel
    my brother stayed here last month ^^

  13. Kristin
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Awe you look cute here

  14. Stephanie
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 8:32 am | Permalink


  15. Samanta
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    q linda q estas!!

  16. Kitty
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous! I love those shoes!

  17. Greg
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink


  18. Simone
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    How amazing your in my city!

  19. Miss Kittensworth
    Posted July 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos. I’ve lived in NYC my whole life and never knew about this hotel.

    What is the dress you are wearing in the last photo of you? It is gorgeous, I’m dying to know.

  20. Manuel
    Posted July 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    You mean the Hippest women in the Hippest hotel in New York.

  21. Bet
    Posted July 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    soo cool

  22. James Kahlo
    Posted March 12, 2016 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    industrial buildings are so beautiful! I love industrial style constructions, polished concrete and steel beams.

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