Green Point YMCA puts you within a 15-minute drive of Chrysler Building and Brooklyn Bridge. The indoor pool is a great spot for a morning swim, and guests can get a workout in at the fitness center. A sauna and a steam room are other highlights.
Adequate as a cheap optionPros: I picked the YMCA because it was a cheap option that wasn't quite a youth hostel and was very close to an event I was attending at the Brooklyn Expo Center. Not much in the way of amenities, but I got a decent-sized room that was simple but clean. The staff were all helpful. Basically what I expected for my money.Cons: Shared bathrooms and no mirrors in the rooms are slight (but expected) downsides, though the ladies' room was clean and the showers worked well. Right after I arrived an employee made her way through the halls spraying air freshener will-nilly, so the place reeked of fake flowers for a while, but luckily that faded.
Greenpoint takenPros: The staff was extremely kind Cons: The smells, the random people who seemed to be living in some of the rooms, the dodgy showers.