Old Guard or Upstart?
This 110-year-old converted warehouse may just fill the void left by the 2004 shuttering of Dia’s sizable Chelsea outpost (a new location is currently in the works); it already hosts one-off art shows and photo shoots and was recently renovated to include new bathrooms and a small kitchen. It offers three floors of space to play with, each clocking in at about 8,500 square feet, plus roof access. The building can accommodate up to 350 for dinner and dancing. Site fees are $15,000 for a single-floor rental and $18,000 for two floors. 548 W. 22nd St., nr. Eleventh Ave.; 646-398-9100; center548.com.
New: Cult Studios
Despite its white-cube Chelsea vibe, this new flower-district space is smartly compartmentalized to accommodate primping brides (thanks to a furnished dressing suite) and that tricky ceremony-to-reception transition (courtesy of a sleekly designed bar and lounge where guests can bide their time). At 8,000 square feet, the loft can host 150 for dinner and dancing. Site fees start at $5,500 for an eight-hour day. 122 W. 27th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl.; 212-647-7171; cultstudiosnyc.com.
From the Winter 2011 New York Wedding Guide