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April 4, 2016

The Latest New and Newly Renovated New York City Event Spaces

four seasons downtown

Looking to book an event in New York City soon? Here are some top new (and newly renovated) meeting and event spaces to keep in mind. 

Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Opening late summer 2016, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood (a block away from the World Trade Center) will offer 185 guest rooms and suites with over 6,815 square feet of meeting room space, including salon-style corner meeting rooms and a 2,943-square-foot ballroom. CUT by Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef's first restaurant in New York City, will be the new hotel's signature dining venue.

Visit fourseasons.com/newyorkdowntown

rooftop restaurant at the william vale in williamsburg, brooklyn

The William Vale Hotel

Opening late June 2016 in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood, the 183-room William Vale will be the borough’s newest luxury boutique hotel. Offering 15,000 square feet of elevated public green space along with views of the Manhattan skyline, the 4,100-square-foot Vale Ballroom will have custom LED lighting, angular wooden walls and 23-foot ceilings. The space will be able to accommodate up to 300 guests and also has an adjacent Salon pre-event space. Two boardrooms and two conference rooms will also be available for corporate meetings, as well as 25 premier suites.

Visit thewilliamvale.com

1 hotel brooklyn bridge

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Inspired by nature and situated along Brooklyn’s waterfront, the 1 Hotel brand will open their second New York City hotel in late 2016. Featuring views of the Manhattan skyline along the East River, the hotel will have 194 guest rooms and suites, along with flexible meeting space. The Roof at 1 will provide views of the East River and will be available for special events, as well as the Cellar Level screening room that can seat as many as 50 guests for private film screenings. The Meadow Rue Ballroom can hold up to 400 people seated or 600 standing and will be inspired by neighboring Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

Visit 1hotels.com/brooklyn_bridge

the beekman

The Beekman

Originally built in 1881 as one of the first skyscrapers in Manhattan, The Beekman will have 4,700 square feet of private meeting and events spaces when it opens this spring, accompanied by a nine-story atrium and pyramidal skylight. The hotel’s meeting spaces include the Farnsworth at 1,100 square feet with a capacity of up to 135, the Kelly at 1,000 square feet with a capacity of up to 125, Second Floor space at 1,600 square feet for meetings up to 75 guests and the Cellar Level space at 3,100 square feet for receptions up to 300 guests. In addition, the hotel will have 287 guest rooms, 45 suites and two signature penthouses overlooking Lower Manhattan, as well as dining options from Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally.

Visit thompsonhotels.com/the-beekman 

Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel

Located in the center of Manhattan’s Fashion District, the Renaissance brand's flagship property opened in late March with 4,500 square feet of event space, three breakout rooms and five event rooms, the largest of which can hold up to 170 guests. Along with its 348 guest rooms and interactive elements throughout the building, the hotel’s Rock & Reilly's rooftop restaurant is great for year-round events. At 8,000 square feet, the rooftop space includes a retractable roof, private cabanas and two full bars. 

Visit marriott.com 

ballroom at the new york marriott at brooklyn bridge

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

In Downtown Brooklyn, the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge’s $45 million renovation project is nearing completion. The update included a complete redesign of the more than 40,000 square feet of banquet and meeting spaces. In addition, the lobby was reimagined with a new contemporary look, as well as the addition of the M Club Lounge and The Bar. The final project of the three-phase renovation includes the modernization of the hotel’s 667 guest rooms and suites.

Visit marriott.com 

InterContinental New York Barclay

After undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation, the iconic InterContinental New York Barclay in Midtown Manhattan will reopen April 19, 2016, with seven meeting spaces at more than 15,000 square feet, as well as 704 redesigned guest rooms and 31 suites. Located in the heart of Manhattan’s east side between Lexington Avenue and 48th Street, the Barclay will have two new ballrooms: the Grand Ballroom at 5,000 square feet (up to 450 people) and the Empire Ballroom at 3,500 square feet (up to 350 people). Both ballrooms have breakout areas centered around a newly created grand staircase. The hotel will also debut its Dutch and English-inspired Gin Parlour, serving 88 premium gins from around the world.

Visit intercontinentalnybarclay.com 

The Westin New York at Times Square

With over 34,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, the Westin New York at Times Square recently completed a $33 million top-to-bottom renovation, offering 32 meeting and breakouts rooms, along with 13 theaters for presentations. Located at Eighth Avenue and 43rd Street, the hotel is a 20-minute walk to the Javits Center and features 873 guest rooms and suites, as well as three ballrooms. 

Visit westinny.com 

LaGuardia Plaza Hotel

Located just outside LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst, Queens, the newly renovated LaGuardia Plaza Hotel offers 12,500 square feet of flexible meeting space. In addition to its 358 guest rooms and suites, the hotel offers several conference rooms as well as a grand ballroom that can accommodate up to 350 guests. 

Visit laguardiaplazahotel.com

Weylin B. Seymour’s

Originally built in 1875 as a bank, this newly restored venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, can host events for up to 1,000 guests and has several spaces, including the Main Rotunda at 3,500 square feet, the Oculus Dome at 2,500 square feet and the Gallery on the ground floor at 5,900 square feet.

Visit weylinbseymours.com

Kings Theatre

After an extensive refurbishment, the Kings Theatre has reopened in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The classic 20th-century theater is available to rent for corporate events, business meetings, cocktail receptions and more, offering over 93,000 square feet of productive space. The theater has hosted the liked of The Jackson Five and Diana Ross

Visit kingstheatre.com 

Brooklyn EXPO Center

Located in Brooklyn’s Greenpoint neighborhood, the Brooklyn EXPO Center has access to multiple transportation options and flexible meeting space. The 60,000-square-foot venue has 28,000 square feet of exhibition space, 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows and office and meeting space. In addition, the space can accommodate up to 2,200 people for banquets. Last year, the Brooklyn EXPO Center was a host venue to New York City’s citywide celebration of design, NYCxDESIGN, which brought in professionals from designer industries around the world. 

Visit brooklynexpocenter.com 

Convene Park Avenue

Opening later this summer, Convene at 237 Park Avenue will be Midtown Manhattan’s newest dedicated meeting space. Loft-style and gallery spaces throughout the venue will have intimate, warm decor.

Visit convene.com

Current at Pier Sixty

Overlooking the Hudson River and Chelsea Piers marina in Manhattan, Pier Sixty recently unveiled Current, a new venue that has over 6,000 square feet of flexible event space for up to 360 guests. The 16-foot-high custom-lit ceilings, along with floor-to-ceiling windows, give the venue a unique look. 

Visit piersixty.com

Metropolitan West

With 10-to-13-foot-high ceilings providing direct natural sunlight and an open floor plan, the recently renovated Metropolitan West in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen is an ideal adaptable event space. Overlooking the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side, the venue offers 12,000 square feet of flexible space that can accommodate up to 712 guests, as well as catering and bar services. 

Visit metropolitanevents.com  

Riviera at the World Trade Center

At 860 feet above the City, Riviera at the World Trade Center has 34,000 square feet of column-free space that can be customized for almost any kind of event. The space is located on the 68th floor of World Trade Center 4 in Lower Manhattan. 

Visit rivieracaterers.com 

Skylight Clarkson Square

In Manhattan’s west SoHo neighborhood is one of the City’s newest and largest event spaces. With 60,000 square feet of versatile space, Skylight Clarkson Square is a historic venue that once served as the High Line’s most southern terminal. The space can accommodate up to 2,000 guests and comprises five studios that can be combined into one space. In addition, the venue was also host to New York Fashion Week

Visit skylightnyc.com 

Spring Studios

Spring Studios’ 150,000-square-foot venue in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood is outfitted with several flexible spaces, including five full-service studios, the 2,900 square foot Gallery, the 3,500 square foot South Mezzanine with lounge and event space, as well as in-house production facilities. Opening later this year, Spring Studios will have a 10,500-square-foot full-service rooftop with views of the New York City skyline, along with a 2,000-square-foot cinema that can accommodate 65 guests.

Visit springstudios.com 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Housed inside famed philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie’s former mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Cooper Hewitt recently completed a restoration of the mansion’s event spaces. The Great Hall, which is the main entry to the museum, has space for a seated dinner for 70 or a cocktail reception for 250. The newly restored Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden has space for larger events, complete with views of Central Park. The space is flexible for 1,000 standing guests or 500 seated for dinner.

Visit cooperhewitt.org 

Museum of the City of New York

Located along Manhattan’s Museum Mile, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and connects the past, present and future of New York City. The museum recently unveiled its renovated event space, such as the Rotunda, which can accommodate up to 350 guests for cocktail receptions or 160 guests for dinner. Connected to the space is Marble Court overlooking Central Park, which can accommodate up to 150 guests for dinner or a cocktail reception for 250. The museum’s outdoor Fifth Avenue Terrace can accommodate up to 450 guests for cocktail receptions or 350 guests for dinner. 

Visit mcny.org 

the whitney museum

The Whitney Museum of American Art

The new 220,000-square-foot Whitney Museum of American Art, which opened last May in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, has several spaces, including the 6,200-square-foot Kenneth C. Griffin Hall for large events and receptions for up to 450 guests, as well as the unique Fifth Floor Outdoor Gallery, with 5,118 square feet of space for 125 guests, providing views of the High Line.

Visit whitney.org 

Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor

One of Staten Island’s newest attractions, the Staten Island Museum opened its expansion at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden last September. In addition to its galleries depicting the borough’s history and culture, the museum offers four climate-controlled galleries, an auditorium and performance venue as well as classroom space. Overall, the new museum provides over 18,000 square feet of usable space. 

Visit statenislandmuseum.org 

Source: NYCGO

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