As declared by the musical Hamilton, New York is “the greatest city in the world!” Whether or not you agree, there’s no denying that it is a global center for many industries, including banking, fashion, medicine and business, and has a myriad of venues to choose from for hosting meetings and events. New York is all about options, and when it comes to venues, planners can pick from the sleekest modern hotels and ballrooms, to the historic places that mark the city’s 350-year history. With convenient transportation options and countless opportunities to explore all the attractions, museums, and restaurants the city has to offer, New York may just be the perfect place to make an adventure out of your event for your attendees. Check out the top venues for your next event, as well as our top things to do in the Big Apple.
The Top 10 New York City Venues Planners Should Consider
When it comes to New York events, there’s no bigger stage than the Javits Center. Located within walking distance of Times Square, Penn Station and over a dozen subway stops, no matter where you’re coming from, it’s hard to miss this majestic building. The busiest convention center in the country boasts 840,000 sq. ft. of space, including 102 flexible meeting rooms. The newly renovated Javits Center features state of the art technology, convenient amenities and thousands of staff to help bring your event to life.
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Convene headquarters at 101 Greenwich Street exemplifies the company’s expertise in full-service meeting spaces. You’ll find boardrooms, workrooms and event spaces spread throughout three floors, all outfitted with the best technology available. In-house culinary services mean your guests won’t have to travel far to fill up on fresh, gourmet meals. Factor in the five partner hotels in the vicinity, and your guests won’t have any trouble balancing work, fun and rest.
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Located just two blocks from Grand Central Terminal, the very first Convene location is the definition of modern elegance. With 12 meeting spaces spread over three floors, no matter what kind of room you need, you can be sure it will be spacious and beautifully furnished. This location’s Wharton Forum space can seat up to 430 guests and features 22-foot-high windows for unparalleled skyscraper views complete with built-in stage lighting, a soundboard, and high-definition projectors.
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Whether you anticipate 20 guests or 200, one of the 28 flexible meeting spaces at Crowne Plaza Times Square will surely suit your needs. This hotel also boasts two ballrooms that can accommodate 700 people. And whether or not you engage the services of a dedicated meetings director to help keep things running smoothly, you won’t have to worry about the comfort of your guests with modern guest rooms and onsite amenities including a restaurant, bar/lounge and gym.
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Looking to see the city from a different angle? Head across the river! The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge combines spectacular Manhattan views with a laidback Brooklyn atmosphere. It has 26 flexible meeting spaces suitable for events of all shapes and sizes. The newly renovated Grand Ballroom can accommodate 2,000 guests, making it one of the biggest event spaces in New York. Factor in state-of-the-art AV equipment, catering and meeting services, and there’s no doubt your event will be a success.
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As beautifully decorated and well-furnished as a conference room or ballroom can be, sometimes an event requires a blank canvas. With 30,000 sq. ft. of open space, Center415 is a great place to combine big visions with out-of-the-box ideas. Whether you’re launching new products and fashions or displaying artwork and a car or two, you’ll be able to bring your event to life in a bold way. Center415 also partners with first class vendors in the catering, furniture and rental, and AV industries to provide quality service no matter the event.
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Sometimes out-of-the-box isn’t far enough. When that happens, it’s time to consider venues that bring something unique to the table. The Center for Architecture has high ceilings, great natural light and state-of-the-art technology throughout their three floors of galleries. Planners have the option of using one gallery, the entire ground floor or even the whole center! Located in vibrant Greenwich Village, this venue is a great place to see a different side of New York.
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The Altman Building may have been built in 1896, but this landmark historic building can host all kinds of 21st century events. Thanks to its 13,500 sq. ft. of open space, this venue can accommodate auto shows, social gatherings and everything in between. It takes a team to put together a great event, which is why the Altman Building partners with select vendors to provide high-quality AV, catering and décor services. There’s nothing like a little Old New York charm and a lot of modern New York amenities! Photo Credit:
The Altman Building
Thanks to its convenient location just steps from Rockefeller Plaza, your guests can travel to Old New York in an instant by walking through the doors of the 3 West Club. This historic hotel mansion features six elegant spaces able to accommodate up to 350 guests. With 25 hotel rooms and 2 suites available, this event space is also a beautiful lodging option. Planners are welcome to work with in-house catering services to create custom menus and to consult the preferred vendor list for other services, including AV and photography.
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A well-planned and well-executed event could very well be considered a masterpiece. Why not hold your event in place that displays masterpieces every day? The Metropolitan Museum of Art has something for everyone, and that includes event spaces. Consider one of the lecture halls for a conference or hold your corporate reception in one of the grand courts surrounded by sculptures. In addition, the Met will work with planners to iron out logistics and negotiate extras like gallery tours.
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Top Things to Do In New York City
1. Get the view of a lifetime
Skyscrapers? There are certainly a few of those and the view is great whether you’re downtown at One World Observatory or midtown at the Empire State Building. You can also find great views at ground level. Check out the Art Deco-style lobby of the Chrysler Building or the art installation in the atrium of the New York Times Building.
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2. Explore the city's vast culinary scene
In a city where you can find Argentine steakhouses, Moroccan cafés, Norwegian eateries and Vietnamese sandwich shops, it might be easier to name a cuisine you can’t try. Looking to try some of New York’s iconic foods? Grab a slice of pizza at Lombardi’s, America’s first pizzeria, or a sandwich at Katz Deli, a lower east side staple since 1888.
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3. Entertainment for everyone
There is no shortage of fun things to do in the city, but you can’t go wrong with a Broadway show. For those with a competitive spirit, the New York metropolitan area is home to professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer teams. Plus, tickets to a musical or baseball game as a giveaway or prize can be a great incentive to attend your event!
Photo Credit: Radio City Music Hall
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