Dear Brooklyn, we love you.
Over the years, we at CREW have been slowly falling deeper and deeper in love with Brooklyn. We love it for its culture, diversity, trendiness, hipsters, and how it’s just a little removed from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. But we also love it for its plethora of super cool and (might we say) underused event spaces! Call us event geeks if you must.
Here, we’ll introduce you to some of our favorite venues just over the bridge in some of the most sought-after neighborhoods of Brooklyn. We bet by the end of this blog, you’ll be lovin’ Brooklyn as much as we do.
This is a brand new space that is part of the fabulous City Point on Flatbush Ave, with a modern yet industrial glass door entrance welcoming guests inside. With its high ceilings and raw ambiance, BKLYN Studios is an ideal space for meetings, galas and even fashion shows. Covered in white walls, this venue is a perfect backdrop for larger-than-life branding. Our favorite feature about BKLYN Studios, though, is the food court with 38 vendors just one floor below. Instead of doing a standard catered meal, event attendees can explore an array of cuisines that this trendy market has to offer.
This is a gigantic venue (nearly 30,000 sq ft) of column free space - music to our ears! It’s an ideal venue for large conferences or press premieres, meetings, concerts, fashion shows and trade shows. Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Duggal sits right on the water and boasts gorgeous views of lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. Most choose to transport their attendees altogether via a water taxi, a fresh approach from the traditional bus experience for attendees. Another wonderful feature is that the exterior of the building can be branded and lit up - a great branding moment for guests as they approach the building on boat.
26 Bridge has a wonderful historic feel with beautiful brick walls complemented by rustic wooden floors. Its several skylights bring in plenty of natural light too. This beautiful column-free space is located on the ground floor, making for an easy load-in. It has great character and would be a perfect spot for a simple wedding or small corporate meeting.
The Green Building
It has the look and feel of a raw, industrial space, but it’s fully functional with a ton of bells and whistles. The space, with it’s beautiful cathedral ceilings and outdoor patio, is equipped with hanging chandeliers on dimmers and a plug and play sound system. It also has a great inventory of basic rentals like chairs and tables that are included with the space. The venue provides the alcohol and bar staff and has recently invested in some pretty cool satellite bars that are also included in the rental. Last but not least, a food truck can drive right into the outdoor space, and there’s an adorable vintage truck with a flatbed full of flowers parked right outside the venue - great for photo opps and an additional branding moment.
Sophisticated and masculine, yet tropical all at the same time..that’s how we would describe the decor of 501 Union...and we love it. The space is broken up into 3 spaces that flow into one another: the lounge, main space and covered outdoor patio. Like its sister space, The Green Building, which is directly across the street, the venue has basic chairs and tables available that are included in the rental as well as some awesome lounge furniture and two killer built in bars.
This massive, two-story venue predates the Civil War and is said to have been used as a munition warehouse. A wedding venue at its core, this rustic space is a great blank canvas and can be transformed easily with great lighting and decor. Its unparalleled feature is its spectacular view of our Lady Liberty, hence its name. And we love the exposed brick throughout the space and the beautiful promenade overlooking the harbor. Liberty Warehouse will always have a special place in our hearts as one of founders, Sam, was married here.
Villain is located in one of the trendiest areas of Brooklyn, Williamsburg. While the venue’s location in south Williamsburg has been a go-to for locals for years, it’s gaining more and more traction by tourists and others who don’t live in the area with the newly opened Domino Park across the street. Villain has a raw, masculine vibe with its all black exterior and interior, unfinished floors, and large garage doors. It’s the perfect venue for buzz-building events like product launches, concerts or even something more laid back like photoshoots.
Industria Williamsburg 33 Grand St.
Looking for a venue with great history? Then Industria 33 Grand St. is perfect for you. The building dates back to the mid-1800s and has had several lives as a bank, barber shop, bakery and now, an event space. Although it’s the smaller of the two Industria venues in Williamsburg, it’s definitely a charmer with its original characteristics and cute outdoor space. It’s a great spot from smaller corporate meetings to intimate weddings or dinner events.
Industria Williamsburg 39 South 5th St.
Located under the Williamsburg bridge, this unique space is a creative’s dream. From the vast entrance with a ramp to its main door, to it’s welcoming foyer, to it’s column-free main space, this is a super cool venue that can easily adapt to any brand. The main room is about 4,500 sq ft with 25 ft ceilings and walls that are begging to be branded - whether it be with decals, video mapping projection or just some simple lighting. If you’re looking to make a statement with your brand, this is the perfect location for you.
Are you as excited as we are to host an event at any of these spectacular venues?! Reach out to us by clicking HERE to learn more and to book the perfect Brooklyn venue today.