For those looking for a different kind of event space, one that puts you in the open air of Manhattan, surrounded by a bustling neighborhood, say, the East Village, then the trustees of the New York Marble Cemetery should be on your call list.
In an effort to fund much needed restorations, the cemetery, which was built in 1830, and at the time was at the city’s northern perimeter, has hosted a slew of events ranging from weddings, film and television settings, and even ballet recitals.
While the last burial was in 1937, Caroline S. DuBois, one of the trustees, told the New York Times they were looking for ways “we could make the cemetery pay for itself.” The cemetery is, however, subject to the perils of New York City. Peter Van C. Luquer, a former trustee says he used to find hypodermic needs in the grass and used condoms and underwear in the trees.
But don’t let your imagination wander off in the dark depths of a Stefon Zolesky inspired party dream just yet, they don’t allow just anyone in!
If you’re looking for an outsider’s perspective of the Manhattan’s skyline, we suggest crossing the river to Hoboken. From Andrej Ivanov and Ladislav Sebestyan comes Kolo Klub, Hoboken’s first craft-cocktail den on the second floor loft of Pilsener Haus.
Located in uptown Hoboken in a turn of the century building, the 4,000 sq. ft. rooftop lounge is only accessible via private elevator. The lounge features vaulted wooden ceilings and rows of windows that offer a scopious view of the Manhattan skyline. Guests will notice the unique logo, designed after the name of the bar itself, Kolo, being the Czech word for bicycle.
Scene: Hotel Lounge, Bar, Nightclub, Event Space
Located beneath the Chelsea Hotel, this hotspot for the underage always has a long line outside, but the party is often worth the wait. The bouncers here are friendly and entry is almost never a problem. The interior layout and decor, designed by architectural firm Richardson Sadeki , consists of three different initmate spaces. The main room taps the 1920's speakeasy trend with sparse furnishings and a warm color palette. Downstairs, a low-ceilinged room seeks to pack bottle buyers into its many tables. Star Lounge can be rib-splittingly crowded and partying here requires mastering the art of holding your drink aloft while of pushing through a crowd. Off to one side is a private party room complete with stripper pole and bar access, great for large groups who want more space.
Scene: Bar, Lounge, DJ, Dance, After Work Crowd, Event Space
127 4th Avenue
(at 13th Street)
New York, NY 10003
Located in Greenwich Village just one block from Union Square, Forum lures young professionals with the feeling of a high-end bar and an upscale lounge. After work, singles mingle at the beautiful fifty foot mahogany bar. Later on in the evening, the red rope comes out and a DJ heats things up on the dance floor. An inexpensive wine list lets you stick to your budget with glasses going for either $8 or $9. They also offer beer, champagne and specialty cocktails like the aptly named Julius Caesar (Vodka, Gran Marnier, Blood Orange puree and lime juice). The bar menu is perfect for drinking and snacking and a full menu satisfies larger appetites.
Hotel Gansevoort - Gspa
Scene: Hotel Lounge, Spa, Bar, Event Space
18 Ninth Avenue
(at 13th Street)
New York, NY 10014
This subterranean grotto located within the luxurious Gansevoort Hotel functions as a spa by day and lounge by night, making it one sexy and steamy spot to be seen- or not be seen. At night, treatment rooms turn into private nooks that can be cordoned of from the rest of the room. It is no wonder GSpa has been voted one of the best make-out bars in the city.
Scene: Lounge, Restaurant/Bar, Event Space
25 Little West 12th St.
(between Washington St. and 9th Avenue)
New York, NY 10014
A giant black lacquer Buddha is the centerpiece of this giant, former button factory in the Meatpacking District that doubles as an Asian-French fusion eatery and nightlife hotspot. But big bellied Buddha, all 17 feet of him, may not be the only thing that catches your eye. The décor is, to but it simply: beautiful. There are two massive bars. One is a blue-neon backlit sushi bar, behind which jellyfish squirm in their tanks. The other, a wooden wet bar, turns out designer fluorescent cocktails.