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Old Guard or Upstart?

Old: The Brooklyn Musem (top); New: New-York Historical Society (bottom)  

Cultural Gems

Old: The Brooklyn Museum
The skylighted Beaux-Arts Court—constructed in 1927, renovated in 2008, and lined with European paintings—ranks among the most resplendent spaces in the city. It can accommodate up to 500 people for dinner and dancing. Other areas of the museum—like the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby, tucked beneath a curved-glass entryway—are available for smaller parties. Restaurant Associates handles all catering. Site fees start at $10,000. 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave., Prospect Heights; 718-501-6409;

New: New-York Historical Society
On November 11, this Upper West Side landmark will reopen after a two-year, $65 million renovation that has made the building sleeker, brighter, and more inviting. The brand-new, artifact-filled Smith Gallery (with vaulted ceilings, an open layout, and new permanent exhibits, such as “New York Rising,” which details the city’s role in the American Revolution) is one of several available spaces that can hold 50 to 250 guests for dinner and dancing. Catering will be handled by Buddakan’s Stephen Starr. Site fees start at $8,000. 170 Central Park West, at 77th St.; 212-873-3400;


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