Passing by A Flophouse in Bushwick

A woman and girl about to walk into the outer wall of the hotel.

A woman and girl about to walk into the outer wall of the hotel.

The sign for Neptune Hotel hangs above Broadway, out of the sightline for traffic passing by.

The sign for Neptune Hotel hangs above Broadway, out of the sightline for traffic passing by.

June 2, 2014

I try to walk a few blocks out of my known territory every other day to add what was yesterday's frontier to tomorrow's familiar spaces. I want to get a sense of place relative to where I'm living now. I want to learn where I can work, where the viable coffices are. I need to learn where I can buy food, like real groceries and not bodega meals. I was wandering south-easternly down Broadway when I saw Neptune Hotel.

How weird. Hotels are rare in Brooklyn. Hotels that aren't part of a franchise are rare everywhere. What hotels are nearby are boutique luxury experience hotels. If Neptune is a legitimate working hotel or even a flophouse, who stays there?

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