It should come as no surprise that New York City’s selection of event venues is as diverse as the city itself. Whether you’re planning an intimate celebration or an all-out affair, New York City offers a full menu of venue options for all seasons.
NYC Event Lofts, Art Galleries, Photo Studios and ‘Raw’ Spaces
Both Manhattan and Brooklyn are well-known for their abundance of ‘raw’ venues, locations where you can essentially start from scratch and create your own event experience – the way you envision it. The funny thing is, the term ‘raw’ doesn’t really apply to many locations in this category. In the early 2000s, rentals of NYC lofts for events rarely included furniture, lighting, audiovisual equipment and other key amenities. Since then, those same lofts, galleries and warehouses have truly embraced the idea of being utilized for events. They are now used for weddings, product launches, film/photo shoots and even meetings and conferences. Much like more traditional NYC event venues such as banquet halls, restaurants and hotels, these well-managed locations offer many services on-site and work closely with other event vendors to provide you with all the necessary support.
Rooftops, Penthouses and Outdoor Venues in Manhattan / Brooklyn
If you’re looking to impress your guests, nothing says “New York” better than a view of the city’s breathtaking skyline. While you should expect to a pay a premium when renting a penthouse event space in Manhattan or Brooklyn, it’s certainly worth the extra investment. Many such locations offer plenty of indoor and outdoor space, even providing event planners with options for the colder seasons (heating, tenting and retractable roofing systems).
Fundraisers, meetings and fashion shows are just some examples of NYC events that often require both sophisticated A/V equipment and a dedicated performance/presentation area. Thankfully, performance venues such as comedy clubs, concert halls and supper clubs already offer these amenities in-house, along with experienced tech personnel to assist you prior to and during your private event. Since these locations view venue rentals as a secondary revenue stream, you should be able to negotiate better rates, especially for off-peak event dates.
Group and Private Dining Spaces in New York, NY
Many years ago, your New York City private dining options were essentially limited to private rooms at restaurants and banquet halls. Today, those same restaurants and caterers can masterfully re-create their dining experience offsite – utilizing small NYC loft spaces, tasting rooms, hotel suites and even private club rooms. The concept works extremely well for rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, team building events and business dinners.