356 W. 58th St., nr. 9th Ave.; 212-554-6000; morganshotelgroup.com
Cost: $275 per person, all-inclusive plus an additional $3,000 location fee for Penthouse rental.
Capacity: 120 for seated dinner, 250 for cocktail reception in the Apartment terrace tent. Penthouse has a capacity of 80 people for cocktails.
Rent out the "Apartment" here and benefit from a Philippe Starck-designed interior and 2,000-sq. foot adjacent terrace, which is often tented for ceremonies and cocktail hours (showcasing its 24th-floor panoramic Hudson views). If you want to have your reception under the tent as well, the Penthouse a few doors down can accommodate your cocktail hour while an expert staff orchestrates a set change. Dancing to follow in the Hudson room, giving your event a certain dynamic, progressive flair.
55 Bethune St., at Washington St.; ramscale.com
Cost: Hourly rate location fee, starting at $5,000 for 8 hours.
Capacity: Seated and served, 75; Cocktails, 125.
Get the outdoor ceremony “trifecta” on the landscaped terrace of this penthouse loft-cum-art gallery in the West Village with views of the empire state building, the Chrysler building and the statue of liberty. All of the art in the loft can stay or go, and your overall fee includes an opportunity to work with curator, Danette Koke (of Danette Koke Fine Arts), to place pieces on the walls according your wedding’s color scheme or theme.
Inside Battery Park, opposite 17 State St.; (212) 809-5508; batterygardens.com
Cost: From $130 to $210 per person, with an outdoor ceremony fee of $1,000, not including tenting.
Capacity: 220 seated and served, with a dance floor; up to 350 with a tent.
With panoramic views of the Harbor and the Statue of Liberty, the rectangular grass area in front of this Battery Park restaurant provides a gorgeous platform to exchange vows. In addition to being right on the water, the grounds here benefit from the revolving talent of landscape architects brought in annually to design the entirety of Battery Park; you really don’t need much in the way of flowers and foliage. If you choose to use the restaurant for your reception, floor-to-ceiling windows and two large terraces make sure that you enjoy the view all night long.
THE TOBACCO WAREHOUSE
26 New Dock St., nr. Water St., Dumbo, Brooklyn; 718-802-0603; brooklynbridgepark.org/events
Cost: $7,000 for fourteen hours on site, plus $250 for each additional hour. A refundable $1,500 security deposit is required.
Capacity: 350 seated and served; 700 for cocktails.
Situated on the East River in Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, this nineteenth-century hallowed-out building doesn't have a view, it has the view. Looking out its brick archways onto lower Manhattan—framed by the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges—the outdoor structure's raw space is tented from May through October for all of your reception needs (BYO chairs, tables, etcetera). The riverside boardwalk and lawn areas usually set the backdrop for ceremonies.
42-38 Ninth St., nr. Queens Plaza S., Long Island City; thefoundry.info
Cost: Prices upon request.
Capacity: 200 people.
This 19th Century foundry has been restored to retain its industrial character although with exposed brick arches and ivy-covered walls it has a certain old-world European feel, not to mention a pretty dramatic view of the Queensboro Bridge. The split-level building has a glass roof so after your ceremony in the outdoor courtyard, your reception will feel just as airy.
57 Thames St., at Knickerbocker Ave., Bushwick, Brooklyn; 718-418-2509; officeops.org
Cost: $1,900 to $5,000 location fee, which includes electricity, restaurant tables and chairs, lighted railing, catering equipment, and tents.
Capacity: 300 people.
Big (and raw) enough to host film screenings, musical and dance performances, as well as your wedding, this 15,000 square–foot roof can become just about anything you want it to be while still offering unobstructed city views. There’s also a full catalog of audio/visual equipment available for rent on-site in conjunction with a ten-by-sixteen-foot projection screen so you can cue up those childhood videos at will.
THE PALM HOUSE AT BROOKLYN BOTANIC GARDEN
1000 Washington Avenue, nr. Eastern Pkwy., Crown Heights, Brooklyn; 718.398.2400; palmhouse.com
Cost: $5,000 location fee; catering from $160 per person.
Capacity: 300 seated and served, with dancing.
After 6 p.m., this outdoor wonderland closes to the public, so you can set up shop just about anywhere you want on the 52-acre property. In order to maintain the grounds, no tents are allowed, but in the spring, the nearly 100 blossoming trees in the Cherry Esplanade provide a pink-petaled canopy that outdoes a white big-top any day of the week. Receptions are held in the Palm House’s glass-enclosed, Victorian atrium.
AUDUBON CENTER AT THE BOATHOUSE
Near the Ocean Ave. and Lincoln Rd. entrance to Prospect Park, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-965-8999; prospectpark.org
Cost: $4,000 includes house manager and some furniture.
Capacity: 110 seated and served, with dance floor; 200 with tenting.
With Prospect Park’s myriad event locations, this Beaux Arts–style building is one of the nicest, featuring two levels and a balcony overlooking the Lullwater Pond and Bridge—a seasonal favorite for giant swans and their broods. Ceremonies are usually held waterside on the terrace or on the grounds to either side of the building with receptions proceeding into the main hall.
From the Summer 2008 New York Wedding Guide