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I apologize for the late posting of this edition of Photo of the Week, but New York City can be a distracting place. In just a few days I’ve had a -enabled massage, seen on Broadway, hit up food market, spent another day at Rockaway Beach, and met up with a friend from Thailand.

The following are not candidates for Photo of the Week. I just kind of wanted to show how awesome my weekend was: eating ice cream while overlooking the Manhattan skyline, and eating ice cream while overlooking Rockaway Beach. Does life get better?

My return to Rockaway Beach was made all the more fantastic by my introduction to the art installation/floating hotel that is . Here, in a crumbling marina over Jamaica Bay, surrounded by public housing and the departing planes of JFK International Airport, float 17 abandoned boats that have been given fresh makeovers and a new purpose in life. Artists, vagabonds and fun-seekers flock to this hostel-by-the-sea, where drinks are shared and friends are made. Clearly, I left enamored.

Photo A

The Marina was scattered by some remnants of an epic boat battle that happened some time in the past month. Details were sketchy.

Photo B

Each boat has a different name and theme. Boats are rented for $50-100 per night and sleep around four people each.

Photo C

As the sun set I loved watching planes take off and wonder where in the world they were headed.

Photo D

I love summer nights in New York City.

Which photo do you think should be Photo of the Week? Would you stay at The Boatel?

  • Grandma Burr
    July 24 2012

    Photo D – No, I’d probably fall if the tide changed

    • Meihoukai
      July 24 2012

      I like that one too — has an otherworldly feel to it.

  • Olivia
    July 24 2012

    I’m with Grandma on this one…. photo D!

  • I would totally stay at the Boatel! The Barbarella looks particularly enticing šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      July 24 2012

      There were so many amazing votes! I might have to do a full post on this cool place…

  • Dad
    July 24 2012

    Photo D

  • Rachel
    July 24 2012

    I also like Photo D! That looks like such an awesome place.
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    • Meihoukai
      July 25 2012

      It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time!

  • Sarah Somewhere
    July 24 2012

    I like C- the relaxed, casual vibe… The boatel sounds cool, only in NY hey?! Glad you had a great few days, Bring It On on Broadway?! Awesome!
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    • Meihoukai
      July 25 2012

      You know the best part is that the show is still in previews so the tickets are only $35-75! Not bad for a Broadway show!

  • Savvy Scot
    July 26 2012

    I am going to have to be a sheep and also say Photo D – there is something inviting about it šŸ˜‰
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