What's the Venue Czar Up To...
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Great Places VenueCzar Stephen Fried (@VenueCzar) always has bits of information to share about great places he’s heard about or visited.  Here’s what he’s been up to…

The Gander, from Chef Jesse Schenker, offers innovative yet approachable cuisine, a deep, international wine selection and a large assortment of spirits in a warm and welcoming setting.  The restaurant can also accommodate private events – whether they be an intimate dinner of 10 or a cocktail reception for 300 – and has a number of packages for luncheons, seated dinners and receptions.  Chef Schenker will also customize menus.

One of New York City’s most unique venues, the Helen Mills Theater features a 4,000 square foot loft-like street-level venue that has been used for a variety of social, corporate, non-profit, and arts-related events.

Behind the neo-classical façade of a former public bathhouse, is a three-level photo studio that can accommodate just about any type of shoot.  It is also a clever event space.  Bath House Studios features interior spaces with polished hardwood floors, exposed brick, skylights, industrial kitchens and antique furnishings.  In addition, it has a 2,800 square foot rooftop.

Hopping over to Brooklyn…

The building that sits at 501 Union Street was built in 1916, and used as a place to restore classic cars during the glory years of the American automotive industry.  In 2013, Akiva Reich & Co. opened the landmark as 501 Union, a venue that hosts a variety of private events – from intimate cocktail parties and social functions to elaborate weddings and charity events.  The company also owns The Green Building (452 Union Street), another multi-use space with original brick walls, soaring exposed beam ceilings and beautiful chandeliers.

Opening in the Fall, National Sawdust in Williamsburg will be an artist-led, non-profit venue where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners.  The venue is named as such because it is constructed within the preserved shell of a century-old sawdust factory.

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