1925 - 1964

Pilot Radio Corp

The Beginning

In 1925 the original Pilot Radio Company was formed by Isidor Goldberg in Brooklyn. In 1927 he introduced the WASP short wave radio, Three years later they were producing the factory wired “Midget.” The Depression hit the company hard and they went into bankruptcy in 1933. In 1934 he reopened the Pilot Radio Company at 37-06 36th Street, on the site of our Queens hotel in Long Island City. The factory was shut down to consumers in 1942 for WWII production. It re-opened in 1946 and sold the first FM tuners, television, in 1947 and hi-fi in 1948. In 1949 Emerson Radio bought a large share in the company. By the 1950s, production to consumer market sets ceased. In 1962, Isadore Goldberg, the founder passed away. In 1963, the company was bought out by Emerson entirely. It moved out of Long Island City to Yonkers and was dissolved the next year.

1965 - 1970s

From Power to Paper

As paper production began to soar, due particularly to the newspaper industry boom that started during the war, the building housed a successful paper mill and later, Samuel Roth ran the Romo Paper Products printing company listed as a stationary and greeting card company. During the 1970’s the building, as well as the neighborhood became distressed and slipped into an era of neglect and disrepair.


A New Queens Hotel Arrives Amidst the City’s Rebirth

The dot-com era produced a wave of resurgence and re-development in Western Queens and Long Island City, but it took a while longer for someone to see the potential in the cavernous, 86,000-square-foot industrial hulk on 36th Street. Real estate developer Gal Sela decided the up-and-coming neighborhood needed a hotel and saw the distressed paper plant and warehouse as the ideal place. He bought the property in 2012, and “The Paper Factory Hotel” went into its $27 million production run.


adaptively re-used

As a homage to the space’s blue-collar heritage, the Queens hotel was designed using as much of the original repurposed material as possible. The foyers and rooms are eclectic and quirky, often incorporating the space’s original elements such as the polished concrete floors or reclaimed materials. Vintage hammered metal doors, expansive factory windows and exposed pipes seamlessly mesh with modern art and sleek light fixtures. Charmingly rustic furnishings and stylish yet comfy furniture soften up the spaces, while lofty 12-foot ceilings give the 122 rooms and suites a bright, airy feel. Oversized windows allowed more natural light into the factory and high ceilings ventilated the space for workers during their 12-hour shifts. Today, these architectural elements contribute to an airy sense of space that’s rare for New York City hotel rooms that don’t cost a fortune.

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A particular challenge faced by the trend in “retro” architectural design is creating an authentic feel out of thin air, giving a sense of history to a space that doesn’t have one. At the Paper Factory Hotel, which is located in —naturally— an adaptively re-used paper factory, our look developed organically and is just one more chapter in a story that began nearly a century ago.


One of New York's most unrivaled boutique hotel experiences

The venue is located in the heart of Long Island City, at the crossroads of the charming Kaufman Arts District and trendy Astoria in the borough of Queens. A true urban metropolis, the Paper Factory Hotel is an ideal choice for the seasoned business traveler as well as the lifestyle driven tourist eager to access New York City. Our one-of-a-kind hotel caters to guests who crave a premiere hospitality experience that is also affordable. This is the New York of modern yore, a mecca for influencers from the worlds of fashion, film, food and art.

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5,000 sq ft of meeting and event space

The Paper Factory Hotel’s combined 5,000 square feet of meeting and event spaces make the venue a leading business, wedding, entertainment and party destination that has hosted Fortune 500 companies, world-class performers and families creating lifelong memories. The spaces are also feature state-of-the art technology such as broadband internet access, and audio-visual systems that can be customized to guests needs.

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125 guest rooms and suites

Each of our 125 chic guestrooms and suite features its own unique aesthetic with relaxing hues and custom furnishings. The eclectic decor and artistic ambiance are enriched by modern industrial accents reminiscent of the building’s past. Each room provides its guests the privacy and tranquility they need to recharge from New York’s legendary days and nights.

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Modern and Mindful New York City Hotel Amenities

  • 125 uniquely designed rooms with seven different room types
  • 5,000 square feet of space for celebrations and corporate events
  • Co-working space in the lobby
  • Gaming room with table tennis & shuffleboard
  • Complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel and guest rooms
  • Indoor Terrace and Outdoor Garden
  • Dry Cleaning and Laundry Services
  • Car Services Available on-call
  • Health and Wellness Center, open 6AM-10PM
  • Cuisines from around the globe that can be delivered to the hotel

The Story Continues...

Sporadic steampunk detailings abound throughout the Queens hotel, along with repurposed 19th century manufacturing appliances and funky but functional seating. In perhaps one of the most stunning details commemorating its paper past, the lobby showcases a dramatic circular staircase with a central column sheathed in hundreds of hardcover books. You can’t know who you are without knowing where you come from. As excited as the owners are about the building’s makeover, they’re equally proud of its heritage as one of the original operators in Queens. Come pay the hotel a visit and see history everywhere you look.

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