Long Island City’s Artistic Hotel Destination

Guide to the Neighborhood

In the heart of Long Island City, New York, situated at the crossroads of the charming Kaufman Arts District and trendy Queens neighborhood of Astoria, the Paper Factory Hotel is an ideal choice for the astute business traveler or lifestyle-driven tourist eager to access all that New York City has to offer. Our destination hotel features succulent dining, leisure options for varied tastes and a hip vibe, just minutes away from the center of Manhattan.

With easy access to the world’s center of finance, media, the arts and fashion, the Paper Factory Hotel is a short drive or trip on public transportation from New York City’s major airports and only a short drive to the beautiful mountains of upstate New York. Simply stated, the Paper Factory Hotel is one of the city’s ultimate destinations for your stay.

Gantry State Park

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations. You can enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park’s four piers or through the park’s manicured gardens and unique mist fountain. Along the way take a moment to admire the rugged beauty of the park’s centerpieces – restored gantries.

Distance from hotel: 21 minutes via subway.


MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art.

Distance from hotel: 10 minutes via subway.


Museum of the Moving Image is the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique, and technology of the moving image in all its forms. The Museum is a one-of-a-kind destination for audiences of all ages and interests, from connoisseurs of classic cinema to children and families to avid gamers. Embracing a wide range of subjects, from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art, the Museum explores every phase of the production, promotion, and exhibition of moving images.

Distance from hotel: 7 minutes via walk.

Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park is an outdoor museum and public park where artists can create and exhibit sculptures and multimedia installations. It is located one block from the Noguchi Museum at the intersection of Broadway and Vernon Boulevard in the neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, New York City. In addition to exhibition space, the park offers an arts education program and artist residency program.

Distance from hotel: 29 minutes via walk.

Noguchi Museum

The broad scope of Isamu Noguchi’s artistic interests and his creation of a Museum devoted to encouraging the enjoyment and contemplation of these same interests provides us with the challenge to protect and further the legacy of his vision. Our efforts will continue to reflect this vision and will extend it into the future. The intimacy of Noguchi’s design of the Museum is a fundamental and exceptional part of the visitor experience.

Distance from hotel: 28 minutes via walk.


Although widely known for its beautiful pool, the oldest and largest in the city, 2nd largest in the country, Astoria Park offers more than aquatic pleasures. Outdoor tennis courts, a track, a skate park, multiple trails, basketball courts, and playgrounds lure visitors from New York City and beyond. Sitting on the edge of the East River and resting between New York’s two famed bridges, the park offers shoreline sights and sounds that make the benches along its perimeter popular spots year-round.

Distance from hotel: 28 minutes via subway.

Attractions in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan


  • Citi Field
  • Kaufman Astoria Studios, 
  • Queens’ Asia Town
  • Queens Museum of Arts
  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  • Queens Theatre in the Park
  • The LIC East River Waterfront
  • Historic Jackson Heights
  • Rockaway Beach


  • Central Park
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art
  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • Manhattan Skyline
  • Broadway
  • The High Line
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Empire State Building


  • BLDG 92
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • Brooklyn Flea
  • Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade
  • Brooklyn Museum