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Five glass-walled, flora-filled, feel-like-you’re-outdoors-but-you’re-not winter-wedding locations.
The Hudson Hotel
For intimate affairs (we’re talking 32-person seated dinners), the Hudson’s penthouse offers a cozy reprieve from winter’s icy clutch. The glass-enclosed, ivy-covered sunroom is located 24 floors up and outfitted with a wood-burning fireplace and landscaped terrace. Site fees range from $3,000 to $5,000, plus $220 per person for dinner. 356 W. 58th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 212-554-6000.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Reserve the Events Hall at this cultural institution, located in Battery Park, and you’re guaranteed sweeping views of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The nondenominational 5,000-square-foot space fits up to 350 seated guests; a heated tent on the outdoor terrace can fit another 100. Grand floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Andy Goldworthy’s Garden of Stones memorial, which is sublime covered in frost or snow. Prices upon request. 36 Battery Pl., nr. 1st Pl.; 646-437-4206.
This 2,000-square-foot nineteenth-century metal-manufacturing plant in Queens can be yours for $5,000 to $10,000. But tack on an extra $2,000 and you can also stake a claim to its newly converted greenhouse—an airy, sun-dappled space that, until recently, functioned as a working nursery. Though the plants were transferred to a nearby courtyard, the Foundry added wall-climbing vines to maintain the 100-person room’s lush-garden vibe. A fireplace, French doors, and skylights further conjure a balmy summer’s eve. 42-38 Ninth St., nr. 43rd Ave., Long Island City; 718-786-7776.
New York Botanical Garden
Amateur horticulturists will find as much to love indoors as out at the city’s most resplendent conservatory. NYBG’s Garden Terrace Room boasts hand-painted botanical murals, a sunny yellow foyer, and 14-foot-tall arched windows that flood the 3,440-square-foot space with natural light. The room fits up to 175 people (at $125 to $203 a head), but there is an adjacent tented terrace available for larger parties from mid-March through December at no additional cost. 200th St. at Southern Blvd., Bronx; 718-220-0300.
The walls of windows at this restaurant and event space offer unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline and Queensboro Bridge. A $2 million face-lift two years ago appointed the venue with such luxurious details as Waterford-crystal chandeliers and an expandable dance floor. A neutral color palette means you can design the well-lit space however you please, but BYO greenery if you’re envisioning a jungle oasis. The venue can fit up to 325 people, at $125 to $165 a head. East River at 44th Dr., nr. 5th St., Long Island City; 718-482-0033.
From the Winter 2011 New York Wedding Guide