Except where noted, all of these locations allow outside caterers.
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LOFTS & RAW SPACES
Attic Studios11–05 44th Rd., Long Island City 718-360-1978; atticstudios.net
Talk about authentic: This former printing factory still has metal shavings embedded in the finish of its hardwood floors. It also boasts preserved steel beams and girders and impressive views of the Manhattan skyline. The main event space (Studio A) can hold up to 200 guests for a cocktail reception and 175 for a sit-down dinner. Smaller studios (B and C) can also be rented. Prices upon request.
Denise Bibro Fine Art529 W. 20th St., nr. Eleventh Ave., Ste. 4W; 212-647-7030; denisebibrofineart.com
The walls of this 1,800-square-foot fourth-floor gallery are mostly unbroken—save for a few romantic nooks. A smaller area is also available. The venue can accommodate up to 125 seated guests, and its twelve-foot-high walls are dotted with abstract art. From $500 to $5,000. Space can only be booked for after-gallery hours (6 p.m. onward). (good value)
The Dumbo Loft155 Water St., nr. Pearl St., Dumbo; 718-310-3040; thedumboloft.com
Built in 1891, this renovated 3,200-square-foot former coffee factory offers a rustic blank canvas for couples who want to mastermind their own décor. The vibe is industrial but warm, with exposed-brick walls, hardwood floors, and enormous windows that offer views of the neighborhood. A smaller space nearby, Dumbo Spot, can be rented for wedding ceremonies or cocktail hours. Prices upon request.
Gary's Loft28 W. 36th St., nr. Fifth Ave., Penthouse; 212-244-0907; garysloft.com
The 4,500-square-foot penthouse of this two-story loft is fully furnished with American folk antiques and shabby-chic furniture. Three walls of eleven-foot-tall windows and four skylights offer jaw-dropping views of the Empire State Building. From $5,000 to $8,600 for space rental; access to the roof deck for an additional $1,800. (good value)
The Glasshouses545 W. 25th St., nr. Tenth Ave., fourteenth and twenty-first fls.; 212-242-7800, ext. 11; theglasshouses.com
These two spaces are more polished than most lofts, with floor-to-ceiling Hudson River views, shiny terrazzo floors, and state-of-the-art sound systems. Glasshouse 14 is 3,600 square feet; Glasshouse 21 is 3,400 square feet and has a terrace. Both can fit 200 for cocktails and up to 150 for a seated reception. Prices upon request.
The Green Building452 Union St., at Bond St., Gowanus; 718-522-3363; thegreenbuildingnyc.com
With oodles of exposed brick, this romantic former brass foundry provides lots of space for creative couples to make their mark. It offers an extensive Brooklyn-based vendor list to choose from, including in-house furniture rentals, event-planning services, and more. The space can hold up to 250 for cocktails or 160 for a ceremony, dinner and dancing. Prices start at $6,100 for a weekend event. (good value)hudsonterracenyc.com
Couples in search of a sleek, sultry space with killer views seek out Hudson Terrace. The bilevel 10,000-square-foot venue is divided into an enclosed salon with an attached outdoor patio and a rooftop garden with retractable roof. Music-focused couples will love that the space comes equipped with a stage for live bands, as well as three high-tech D.J. booths. Prices upon request.
Kai Studio1011 Dean St., nr. Franklin Ave., Prospect Heights; 718-857-4705; kaistudiobk.com
This ultramodern 6,000-square-foot venue has 30-foot ceilings hung with white velour curtains and two large lounge areas. The studio can accommodate 350 guests for cocktails and up to 150 for a seated dinner. Rates start at $6,875 for five hours, which includes one hour of open bar. (good value)
Kings County Distillery163 Flushing Ave., Bldg. 121, nr. Cumberland St. in the Brooklyn Navy Yard; kingscountydistillery.com
Guests can chat over cocktails amid the ground floor’s fermentation tanks before heading upstairs to the rustic barrel room for dinner. Caterers must be prepared to work without a prep kitchen. The venue holds 150 for cocktails and 100 for a sit-down dinner. Prices start at $5,000. (good value)
Metropolitan Pavilion125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-463-0071; metropolitanevents.com
Here you’ll find a plethora of versatile spaces that can be transformed into rollicking party venues. Most start as clean, minimalist lofts with high ceilings that may be sectioned off to accommodate 100 people for a seated dinner or left open for a 1,500-person blowout. Space rental runs from $6,000 to $21,000; catering prices upon request.
The Penthouse at Lincoln Center70 Lincoln Center Plz., nr. Broadway 212-875-5037; yourevent.lincolncenter.org
Those who crave a bit of drama love the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, a 2,400-square-foot space whose glassed-in terrace offers views of the Hudson River. Up to 130 can be accommodated for dinner and dancing. Prices upon request.
The Powerhouse Arena37 Main St., at Water St., Dumbo; 718-666-3049, ext. 1; powerhousearena.com
This 5,800-square-foot gallery and bookstore is just steps from the Brooklyn waterfront in one of the borough’s most picturesque neighborhoods. The sun-drenched arena features amphitheater-style seating and an ample lounge. Prices start at $8,500 for 150 seated guests, including use of the main space, lounge, and house sound and D.J. equipment.
Ramscale Studios463 West St., nr. Bethune St., thirteenth fl.; 212-206-6580; ramscale.com
Many a couple has happily wed in these two popular thirteenth-floor studios, which offer panoramic city views. Both spaces, which are connected, feature expansive terraces that can be tented and heated during the cold months; one can accommodate 150 guests for cocktails, and the other fits 100. Weekend prices range from $4,500 for the smaller studio to $6,500 for the larger (catering not included). (good value)
Skylight at Moynihan Station360 W. 33rd St., nr. Eighth Ave. 212-736-6200; skylightnyc.com
Couples looking for a mix of old-school grandeur and industrial glamour find it at this venue, located in the James A. Farley Post Office Building. Originally built in 1912, this spot boasts a Beaux Arts exterior and a surprisingly raw, cavernous interior, ideal for massive blowouts. The venue is yours for the decorating and can comfortably fit 700 for a sit-down affair and 1,000 for cocktails. Prices upon request.smackmellon.org
This art gallery sits in the shadow of the Manhattan Bridge and is a favorite among creative couples. Twenty-five windows overlooking the East River flood the venue with light during daytime affairs. The 4,500-square-foot loft space features exposed-brick walls, dramatic ceilings that soar 35 feet, and massive industrial pillars. Average space-rental rates run between $3,000 and $7,500. (good value)splashlight.com
Conveniently located near the Holland Tunnel, this venue is widely used for runway shows and editorial photo shoots. Its crisp, clean studios serve as the perfect backdrops for inventive minds who want to design their wedding aesthetic from scratch. The studio offers a variety of spaces, ranging in size from 2,300 to 10,600 square feet. Prices upon request.
Studio 450450 W. 31st St., nr. Tenth Ave., twelfth fl.; 212-290-1400; studio450ny.com
This two-story penthouse loft can fit 275 for cocktails or 220 for a seated dinner. Its wraparound terrace, which boasts spectacular views of the Hudson River and midtown Manhattan, is a big draw. Movable walls make the space flexible enough to accommodate intimate gatherings or sizable fêtes. From $6,000.
Top of the Garden251 W. 30th St., nr. Eighth Ave., sixteenth fl. 212-643-0055; totg.biz
This modern 3,000-square-foot penthouse loft has a wide-open floor plan. Two walls of windows offer views of the Empire State Building and Manhattan cityscape, as does the 1,000-square-foot terrace, which can be heated during the winter months. The space accommodates up to 150 for a cocktail reception and up to 80 for a sit-down dinner with a dance floor. Site rental is $4,000.unionsquareballroom.com
Recessed floor lighting gives this two-room space a modern feel, but couples can tailor it to suit their style. The 2,600-square-foot ballroom hosts up to 150 seated guests with a dance floor at a cost of $140 to $170 per person. A swank lounge connected to the ballroom is ideal for the cocktail hour.
From the Winter 2014 New York Wedding Guide
- 3 West Club
3 West 51st Street New York, NY 10019 ; Tel: 212-582-5454 ext. 2110 ; www.3westclub.com/weddings.html
3 West Club provides the classic ambiance of a bygone era, complete with crystal chandeliers, high ceilings, and art deco touches. World-class cuisine and seamless service blend to create a unique and timeless setting in midtown.
- Atlantica by Bateaux New York
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers New York, NY 10011 ; Tel: 888-822-5997 ; www.EntertainmentCruisesWeddings.com
A wedding on the water aboard Atlantica's sleek tri-level private yacht is unmatched. Up to 290 guests can experience a sophisticated wedding ceremony, reception or rehearsal dinner enveloped by the spectacular Manhattan skyline.
- Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place New York, NY 10012 ; Tel: 212-358-6112 ; www.aiany.org
Design and architecture enthusiasts can now tie the knot in this three-floor 15,000-square-foot venue. The main event space, Tafel Hall, boasts high ceilings, a mezzanine, and tons of natural light. Seated capacity is 150.
- Harold Pratt House
58 East 68th Street New York, NY 10065 ; Tel: 212-434-9576 ; www.pratthouse.com
The Harold Pratt House, a grand Park Avenue mansion since 1919; with a marble staircase, grand ballroom, balconies and fire places it's a perfectly decorated Home to host wedding ceremonies, receptions, dinners and celebrations in.
Route 35 Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 ; Tel: 732-747-0200 ; www.shadowbrook.com
Shadowbrook, the most elegant Georgian mansion set on 20 secluded acres of magnificent gardens and splashing fountains, may be exclusively yours. A variety of all-inclusive packages are available. Call today to arrange a private tour.
- The Kitano New York
66 Park Avenue at 38th Street New York, NY 10016 ; Tel: 212-885-7017 ; www.kitano.com
The Penthouse Banquet Suite at The Kitano New York, a luxury boutique hotel, features large outdoor terraces with outstanding views of the Empire State Building and Midtown Manhattan. The Penthouse can accommodate 75 for dinner or 150 for a reception.