The best way to sum up Marina 59's Boatel is "it's awesome," but we'll elaborate just in case you want a little evidence to back up our assessment. Boatel consists of 17 old boats, all harbored in Jamaica Bay, each of which has been refurbed and re-designed by the artist collective Flux Factory, Constance Hockaday, and Marina 59. Together, the artists turned the boats into a flotilla of art installations, then allowed for a fantastic twist: you can stay in them overnight.
While they aren't quite hotel quality (Marina 59 reminds you that it's a bit "rough & tumble," and that you should be up for an adventure), we kind of like it that way. Look what you get in return? A series of sleep-in-able art projects including "a boat that sings," "a patchwork treehouse," "a Victorian-era naturalist's laboratory," and "a hillbilly kama sutra honeymoon suite." To the first couple who books that last one for their real-deal first night together, we salute you. And we wish you a long and happy life.