04/23/2015 - There was a time when travelers in Brooklyn and Queens struggled to find overnight shelter, thanks to the sheer paucity of hotels. Excluding a few airport inns, the New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge, opened in 1998, was the borough’s first new full-service hotel since Herbert Hoover was president. The developer, Joshua Muss, says he was often told that “a hotel in Brooklyn is a piece of pork to a kosher butcher shop.” Times have changed: Brooklyn and Queens now account for a quarter of the city’s hotel rooms, and the numbers are growing briskly in both boroughs.

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