A Change of Venue Can Change an Outlook
by Karen Carzo
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sometimes it’s helpful to get out from behind your regular conference table, leave the office walls you’re use to looking at, and head for a fresh view.  It can make all the difference in how you think about a situation, whether it be a creative brainstorm, a high-level meeting, a weekly status call or a week-long seminar.  There are several Great Places in New York City that cater to such business needs.  

Innovation Loft is a creative meeting space in the heart of Midtown Manhattan featuring 13-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and natural light.  With 6,000 square feet of venue, it’s perfect for a range of activities including workshops, training programs and PR/marketing events.  It can be rented as an open loft or as a fully configured collaboration environment with rolling white boards defining breakout spaces and a 27' curved whiteboard wall creating a plenary area. Other features include more than 40 flat-panel displays and state-of-the-art sound/lighting.  Full design and world-class facilitation and support services are also available.  http://www.innovationloft.com, 646.692.3521.

Conveniently located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, TKP New York provides 32,000 square feet of flexible conference, seminar and meeting space. A pioneer in the meeting and event venue industry throughout Asia, TKP New York is built upon the principal of putting their clients first.  State-of-the-art audiovisual and high speed internet access are available as well as full-service, on-site catering with flexible menu options.  http://www.tkpny.com, 212.444.7342.

Apella™ is a new meeting and event space located within the Alexandria Center™ for Life Science – New York City. The space offers thoughtfully designed meeting and event spaces with contemporary interiors, state-of-the-art audiovisual capabilities and great views of the East River.  Apella is ideally suited for board meetings, conferences, lectures, multi-media presentations, press conferences and a variety of social events.  www.apella.com, 212.706.4100.

Lightbox is New York City’s only full-service interactive digital arts event space. It features floor-to-ceiling programmable video walls and a state-of-the-art sound system that allows clients to produce an immersive event experience. In-house technical services can create or adapt any digital content for product launches, press conferences, business presentations and meetings.  The space has 3,000 square feet of ground floor column-free space that combines high tech with cool downtown industrial. It also features 16' ceilings, two built-in bars and full event production services.  http://www.lightbx.org, 917.719.0046.

With three locations in New York and 100,000 square feet of dedicated conference spaces, Convene understands and respects the link between space and service and how they can positively influence collaboration and work.  Convene packages its services and publishes its prices so the customer can accurately budget. With nearly 100 empowered, passionate staff, all services are in-sourced and administered by Convene, including Convene’s own meeting production and service teams, culinary service and technology services. www.convene.com, 866.727.0066.

Designed and wired to inspire creativity and optimize productivity, OFFSITE was literally built from the ground up with the perfect gathering in mind. From the state-of-the-art audiovisual system to the comfortable yet versatile decor, this sprawling, three-story enclave offers the ideal backdrop for board meetings, brainstorming sessions, focus groups and product launches.  Centrally located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, OFFSITE offers the renter access to the entire space — all three levels — so guests can wander around and find their comfort zone.  Features and amenities include a 30-person conference table, flexible furniture and space to customize to the client’s needs, five restroom facilities and three kitchenettes.  OFFSITE also has a Chicago location.  www.offsitenyc.com, 212.366.1828.

For more meeting space suggestions, visit www.GreatPlacesDirectory.com, or contact our Concierge Service
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