NEW YORK CITY EVENT VENUES

In the city that never sleeps, we’ve searched high and low for great venues that give our clients the sense of New York City without submerging them in the hustle and bustle. One of our clients in particular that hosts an intimate learning and networking conference and wanted a cool, calm and collected atmosphere designed to inspire guests.  After our hunt, we couldn’t keep these gorgeous venues all to our self! Check out some our favorites below:

Brooklyn Winery

Ruffled - photo by http://www.ashley-caroline.com/ - http://ruffledblog.com/garden-inspired-wedding-at-brooklyn-wineryLeave it to BK to hold one of our favorite venues in the city. Inside the rustic reclaimed wood environment, runs a fully functioning commercial winery and event space. “Fireside Chats” are becoming all the rage in corporate events to put a warm, welcoming twist on learning sessions, and although the venue does not have an actual fireplace-the warm and cozy atmosphere is undoubtably present. 

Located right over the Williamsburg bridge, this event space is just moments from the hustle of Manhattan, but is sure to leave the stress of the rat race at the door, for a cozy atmosphere  that is sure to relax any of your guests. www.bkwinery.com

 

Bouley Botanical

Bouley-Botanical_2014_Wedding_Events_SpaceA venue designed for all of the 5 senses, The Bouley Botanical is meant to keep guests engaged in the space, while staying engaged with each other. Nature is few and far between in NYC, but there are over 400+ species of edible plants that hang from the floor to ceiling windows in this space. Hosting a nonprofit event that focuses on going green? This event space is sure to inspire and get attendees in the right mindset before the program even starts.

Smack in the middle of Tribeca and Soho, Bouley Botanical is conveniently located in Manhattan, but plenty south of Midtown. The quieter part of the island is the perfect spot for this nature themed venue. www.davidbouley.com/bouley-botanical/

The Green Building

LevKuperman_TheGreenBuildingPlease hold while we swoon over the size of those windows. “Natural light” is an absolute luxury in NYC – and The Green Building offers plenty. The 4,000 square foot space has endless possibility for your corporate or nonprofit event.  For example, host a presentation at the front of the room, and feature products behind to bring the experience of the event full circle.

The style of this venue perfectly ties in a rustic feel with the exposed, worn brick; modern vibes with the black slate floor and pipes in the ceiling, and of course pure elegance with the giant windows, curtains, and chandeliers. www.thegreenbuildingnyc.com

 

The Farm SoHo

Co-workin1g by day, Party by night! With three event spaces meant for presentations, dinners, or casual lounging, this little piece of farm heaven in Soho is worth every penny. The atmosphere is cozy and rustic with a sense of the country right in the middle of the Big City. And with a past client list of Reebok, Zara, L’Oreal and the United Nations, it’s a one size fits all for corporate and nonprofits.

Located on Broadway between SoHo and Little Italy, the venue is super convenient from many subway stations. www.thefarmsoho.com

 

 

Keep an eye out for our next CITY SPOTLIGHT feature, which city are you craving for? Contact us with an inquiry about even more fabulous event spaces that will keep your guests happy, and relaxed in the Big Apple!

Most Common Mistakes Made at Venue Visits

It’s no doubt – venue site visits are exciting. “Field trips” as I call them are a nice break from a full day in the office. If you are extremely visual, a venue visit is the first time the event becomes reality, and you can get a full understanding of the layout and what type of experience your guests will endure. But venue visits can be rare, especially if you plan events that aren’t local – so it’s important to get the most out of them when you can.

See the most common mistakes that are made at venue visits that will create more work for you in the future:

Not Taking Photos/Video

Sure, you already have the photos the venue has provided – but be sure to snap a few of your own. Get different angles, note where things will be, how much space there is, etc. Depending on how large of a venue you’re dealing with, taking video in the perspective of a guest experience can be extremely helpful to send along to your client or team.

Forgetting your Tape Measure

Yes, event planners and tape measures are like two peas in a pod. Wait, we’re not contractors… True, but when it comes to designing signage or working with tight spaces, knowing EXACTLY how much space you have in a certain part of the room can be extremely helpful when you are back in the office chatting with your vendors. The venue usually has specs for each of the rooms, but you may need more specific measurements based on the scope of event design elements.

Keeping Notes in your Head

This rule goes for bringing questions into the venue and leaving the venue visit with notes. We are only human, we WILL forget questions and notes eventually. Especially at site visits when you are taking in so much information and planning at the same time, thoughts can get jumbled. To ensure you are touching on every question, bring a notebook, type them in your phone, whatever it takes to have them concrete and easily accessible at your visit and when you get back to the office.

Conclude without Discussing Action Items

The best way to conclude a site visit is to review every ones “to-dos” from the visit to ensure everyone is on the same page. A quick recap discussing who is doing what and when it should be expected to be completed will alleviate later confusion such as, “Oh wait, I thought you were doing that, not me.” If necessary, also take this time to set up a follow up meeting to avoid going back in forth in the future.

Trust us, we’ve learned these tips the hard way and now fully embrace them at every site visit to ensure maximum success for our events. What tips do you have for site visits? We’d love to see them in the comments below.

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