Nationally recognized travel expert, Laura Michonski of NewYork.com, recently toured a range of wedding locations in Manhattan, from landmarks like The Plaza Hotel, to new, under-the-radar private venues. Here’s her list of New York City wedding spots that you definitely haven’t heard of.
1. The Green Building in Carroll Gardens: raw space that was a brass foundry in its former life; has beam ceilings, fancy chandeliers and brick walls.
2. The Harmonie Club, Upper East Side: an exclusive social club that was founded in 1852 and has counted every New York Mayor and the Clinton family among their guests. The Beaux-Arts style building offers old-world charm and an intimate backdrop for weddings.
3. 632 on Hudson: This 19th century town house, with its antiques and treasures from around the world, feels more like your wealthy, eccentric Aunt’s home than a traditional wedding venue.
4. Little Owl, West Village: This relaxed, private event space brings guests together in the warmth of an open kitchen.
5. The Metropolitan Building, Long Island City, Queens. A one-time electrical parts factory, The Metropolitan Building was rescued in 1980 by an antique dealer who bought the building for storage. She soon realized she could rent rooms out to artists to use as studios. Today, the industrial-chic property serves as a venue for events, photo shoots and films.
Laura Michonski is the Site Director of NewYork.com and a nationally recognized travel expert. Prior to joining NewYork.com, she was Executive Digital Editor at Budget Travel and prior to that was the Editor-in-Chief for AOL Travel. Laura is often called upon to speak about trends in the travel and publishing industries and makes regular appearances in the media via outlets such as NBC, CNN, ABC News, NPR, Peter Greenberg radio, and the BBC.
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