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Hidden Gems for Hosting Your Next Party
by Venue Managers

These unique venues are hidden right under our noses in the nooks and crannies of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Be forewarned, looking at these special locations will make you wish you had a party to throw tomorrow just so you can use the spaces!

Beaux-Arts Court at Brooklyn Museum

The Beaux-Arts Court is a magnificent, timeless space that measures 10,000 square feet and two stories high, rising 60 feet above the floor to culminate in a dramatic skylight. It boasts historic features such as original archways, a large brass chandelier, and an updated glass-tile floor originally completed in 1927.  One of the largest venues in Brooklyn to host a dinner for 800 people and cocktail reception for up to 1200 people.  Guests can dine and dance next to the vast European collection with paintings by Monet, Rembrandt and now sculptures by Rodin.  

The Strand’s Rare Book Room

Strand Book Store is a family-owned independent bookstore founded in 1927. Strand's Rare Book Room grants access to one of the best-kept secrets in New York City: an extraordinarily beautiful collection nestled in one of the world's most iconic bookstores. The venue itself boasts an elegant look complemented by the leather-bound books lining the walls (some of which date back to 1480). Handsome, hip, and flexible enough for any affair, the Rare Book Room will set the scene to make your experience unforgettable.

And & And

And&And is a 2,500 square-foot multi-use studio and event space owned and operated by the design and strategy practice Sub Rosa. With a distinctive West Village feel, the versatile space includes rustic wood floors, abundant natural light, and original brickwork dating back to the late nineteenth century.  Built between 1869-70, the building was originally a tackle and sailmaker shop.  Luckily, most of the original details that make this space a historic jem still remain.  Events hosted in this newly launched raw space have included seated dinners, gallery exhibitions, artistic performances, fashion shows and photo/video shoots. 

Ramscale Studios

Ramscale Studios is a hidden gem of historic New York City.  A penthouse loft in the Landmark Westbeth Building, the studio is the former location of the Bell Laboratories. See breathtaking views sweeping from the Empire State Building down to One World Trade, the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty with a terrace overlooking the Hudson River. By day, the natural sunlit studio lends itself to photography, film and presentations.  As the sun sets, the cityscape lights up as an enchanting backdrop for cocktail and dinner receptions, product launches, corporate retreats and private events. RAMSCALE’s minimal design allows each event to create a unique atmosphere for all clients and guests. 

Duggal Greenhouse

Located in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Duggal Greenhouse is on the East River with boat access, private waterfront patio, 70 ft. high ceilings and 35,000 square feet of unobstructed views of Manhattan. An exceptional choice for private functions, live events, fashion shows, product launches, movie and commercial productions, and world tour rehearsals.  The Duggal Greenhouse has a bright white industrial feel with a soaring ceiling and walls of windows looking out over the river and the Manhattan skyline. 

Egg Collective

The Egg Collective showroom has a minimalist aesthetic and our furniture in the space enhances the space further. Day to day, our space is used as a furniture showroom to showcase our hand-designed and custom built furniture pieces. The space would be well-suited for cocktail parties, intimate dinners, office meetings, and special product launches. The furniture can be configured in any desired way in order to accommodate.

501 Union

The building dates back to 1916 and once served as a classic car restoration shop. It was transformed into a private events venue in 2013 and now provides a unique backdrop for stylish weddings, corporate events, and photo shoots. 

Paired with our exceptional service, guests can enjoy three distinct spaces within the venue: an open-air courtyard, an elegant cocktail lounge, and a light-filled reception hall. Locally-sourced design elements include Modo chandeliers by Jason Miller, customized Flavor Paper wallpaper, and a vaulted skylight that runs the length of the main gathering space reflect the best of old and new Brooklyn: industrial chic with a touch of modern glamour.

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