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Hostelz.com's Review
There are two ways of arriving to the NY Moore Hostel in Brooklyn. You can either follow the directions on the website, taking the L train to the Morgan Aveenue station, and it is a short walk through a hipster/industrial area. You can also take the J line to the Flushing Avenue station, and take a short walk through the Bushwick Houses projects, which are adjacent to the hostel.

The Location

The neighborhood itself is a microcosm of Brooklyn, with the artist-loft culture dominating one end, and a Puerto Rican/Dominican Spanish culture on the other. Among the things we particular enjoyed about the area is the Dominican food and culture. If you want to see a bit of the real New York, this is for you. If you are more into the Times Square scene, this might not be your cup of pera piña. We called the day before, since we were on a red-eye from Los Angeles, and told the desk that we would be arriving very early. They said they would store our luggage until the room was ready. They acted beyond that promise, taking care of the check-in upon arrival, allowing us to hang out in the common area until the room was ready, and then, upon seeing how tired and in need of a shower we were, allowed us to take possession of our beds early, at noon. This kindness did not go unnoticed.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are big by New York or hostel standards. The hostel was an industrial building, so the space is plentiful. The beds are regular twin-sized beds, not bunk beds -- not too hard and not too soft, so if Goldilocks ever comes to Brooklyn, this is where she should stay. The bathrooms are ensuite, usually shared among a six-person bedroom. The water is always hot and had a strong flow, so a hosteler couldn’t ask for much more.

Common Spaces

The common area opens whenever the desk opens, which is 8 a.m. (in theory). We saw some people waiting around after 8, hoping to cook breakfast, while the desk person was late. Many guests showed up to the common area before 8, only to walk back to their rooms, sullen expressions on their face. There are other small areas of common use throughout the hostel -- table or chair here, a couch there -- but the idea of closing the common area is a pet peeve of ours. As the hostel has only recently opened, the kitchen was still being built downstairs during our stay, so guests were using a microwave in the common area, and washing dishes in a nearby bathroom. The furnishings in the common areas are top-notch. The owner's previous business was a furniture store; when it closed, he opened the hostel and used some of his remaining merchandise for the decor.

Summary

The desk sells padlocks, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes (there is also a Walgreens drugstore nearby where you can buy these things). You can rent towels for a small fee and store your luggage storage for a per-night charge (but there is no charge if you check in early and are waiting for your room to open). If you don’t mind taking a short subway ride to Brooklyn, this will be good alternative to the cramped, pricey hostels in Manhattan. As of this writing, this place is cheap -- in fact, our stay cost half of what we would have paid to stay at one of the hostels in Manhattan on the same weekend.

by Ggreg Snyder
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
March 2012

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
5   Best hostel in NY I'm glad the HI on Amsterdam was booked for the period I wanted to stay, cause the Moore Hostel will definitely be my #1 pick from now on when I come to NY! Location is great, Manhattan easily accessible by subway. Staff is friendly and helpful. Hostel interior doesn't look anything like a hostel, never had a room that large and no bunkbeds either, plus it's clean  , german(netherlands) ()

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