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Gigino at Wagner Park  

Urban Obsessives

Gigino at Wagner Park
This indoor-outdoor restaurant, nestled at the base of the redbrick pavilion in Battery Park City and specializing in Amalfi Coast–style Italian cuisine, offers unparalleled vistas of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. There are some noise restrictions given the locale: If you had your heart set on a rock band, you’re out of luck. Ceremonies can be done on the rooftop or in the park (to use the lawn, you’ll need a permit from the Battery Park City Authority). Packages start at $15,000 for 100 guests, including a three-course meal and four-hour open bar. 20 Battery Pl., nr. 1st Pl.; 212-528-2228; gigino-wagnerpark.com

The Museum of the City of New York
With its marble rotunda, dramatic central staircase, and front terrace overlooking Central Park, this Museum Mile gem offers relative bang for your buck when it comes to classic New York nuptials. The museum is undergoing the second phase of its remodernization project, so space is limited for spring and summer 2011 weddings (the front terrace and rotunda are still available, though, and at a considerable discount). Construction is on track to wrap up by fall. Site fees are $7,500 for the reception only and $10,000 for the ceremony and reception. All bookings are handled through the Wedding Library. 1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd St.; 212-327-0100; wedding librarymcny.blogspot.com


Unisphere  

New York Hall of Science and Unisphere
With its 100-foot ceilings and blue stained-glass walls, the New York Hall of Science’s Wallace Harrison– designed Great Hall is a dramatic pick. For $7,500 to $8,000, the museum is yours for the evening (the downside: just about everything needs to be brought in). The Great Hall can accommodate up to 400 for a seated reception; afterward, move into the cozier Viscusi Gallery for dinner. Tying the knot at this 1964 World’s Fair monument is a great opportunity to snap some wedding shots at the nearby Unisphere. Or, if you’d like to exchange vows in the shadow of the relic, you can arrange for a permit via Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 47-01 111th St., nr. 47th Ave., Corona; 718-699-0005; nysci.org

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