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Queens hotel boom brings NYC tourists across river

Beth j. Harpaz, AP Travel Editor

NEW YORK (AP) -- A hotel boom is luring tourists out of Manhattan and across the East River to Long Island City, Queens.

Since 2006, 15 hotels have opened there, ranging from boutiques to chains.

Many of them boast lower rates than Manhattan hotels. They also have great views of the city skyline and easy access by subway, taxi or ferry.

Long Island City and neighboring Astoria offer waterfront parks, museums and good restaurants.

But industrial heritage remains a vibrant part of the local identity.

The gritty streetscape includes factories, warehouses and parking lots filled with taxicabs.

The towering red and white smokestacks of the Ravenswood power plant are visible for miles.