New Brooklyn Venue Openings
by Karen Carzo
Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Recently, the borough of Brooklyn has been busy with new venue openings - all great places for great evernts. 

Opulence and Elegance in One Historic Location under the Williamsburg Bridge

What was once the Williamsburg Savings Bank is now the spectacular Weylin B. Seymour building, a new wedding and event venue in the trendy Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.  For the last two years, a group of expert artisans have been painstakingly working to restore the 138-year-old landmark Williamsburg Savings Bank to its original 1875 appearance.  The process has been meticulous, the budget generous, and the result immeasurable.

Originally built by renowned New York City Architect George B. Post (who later went on to design the New York City Stock Exchange), this former financial institution was purchased in November 2010, for $4.5 million by Brooklyn entrepreneur Juan A. Figueroa.  With the goal of creating a magnificent event and party venue, Figueroa and his team began a long and tedious restoration process.  Working with a budget of more than $23 million, every square inch of the 25,000 square foot structure was restored – right down to replicas of the original brass fixtures and door hinges.  

With the renovations nearly complete, the Weylin B. Seymour building opened in January, hosting its first event – a wedding for 250 people.  The culinary program for Weylin B. Seymour's has been designed by Chefs Scott Skey and Nick Hosea (of Nobu, Mesa Grill, and Caviar Russe) and their catering company Bite.  Fete handles all event production and design. 

For more information and to book an event, please contact Carlos Perez San Martin or Julie Alemany at

Reviving an Old Pastime into a New Hobby

Could shuffleboard become as popular as bowling?  That’s what the owners of the soon-to-open Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club are hoping.  Located in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, the venue features 10 boards surrounded by kitschy Florida-inspired décor including old pendants, vintage shuffleboard pictures, and pink flamingo bathroom wallpaper. The two bars feature $11 cocktails names after “legendary” shuffleboard players like “Jim Allen” whose cocktail is a mix of tequila, creole shrub, mango and lime.   Neighborhood food trucks such as the Red Hook Lobster Truck, Morris Grilled Cheese and the Kimchi Taco Truck have been supplying the venue with food.

In addition to renting the tables ($40/hour), owners Ashley Albert and Jonathan Schnapp are also planning theme nights and possibly bingo nights led by drag duo Murray Hill and Linda Simpson. 

For more information and to book and event, visit, or email

Famed Landmark Restaurant and Event Venue Re-Opens after Sandy

The legendary River Café in Dumbo has recently reopened after a lengthy renovation.  The 30-year-old restaurant suffered serious damage during Hurricane Sandy.  Nearly four feet of water flooded the venue and a multi-million dollar renovation was needed to “hurricane-proof” the space.  Some of the changes include a new kitchen, all new tables and chairs from Paris, new quarter-sawn oak flooring in the dining room and a marble floor in the foyer, and revamped bathrooms.  Owner “Buzzy” O’Keeffe even replace the water-logged Steinway piano with an identical new one.  Just about the only thing that didn’t need repair are the restaurant’s spectacular views of New York City.

To book a private event, please email


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