Free use of gym; breakfast voucher at nearby diner (came with my bigger room); friendly, helpful, professional staff.
Adequate as a cheap option
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.
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.
The staff was extremely kind
The smells, the random people who seemed to be living in some of the rooms, the dodgy showers.
With a stay at Green Point YMCA in Brooklyn (Greenpoint), you'll be a 5-minute drive from Roosevelt Island and 7 minutes from Chrysler Building. Featured amenities include a business center, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage.