Photo Credit: Nino Marcutti
Last week our Sales and Marketing Manager, Nandini Austin, ventured over to Queens from our Midtown Manhattan staffing office to visit one of favorite New York City venues, Sound River Studios. Check out her take on the site visit...
It was unusually cold the day I visited this warehouse / gallery space on the Long Island City waterfront. I felt the rain turn into big frost flakes hit which my cheeks and made my eyes water. Exiting the Court Square subway station, I recalled the directions I'd been given: "Walk down 44th Drive toward the Manhattan skyline of the city. When you reach the river, we're on the left side of the street. Give a call when you arrive." As I drew near the end of the street, my jaw dropped at the amazing views from Sound River Studios.
Una, who manages the venue with her colleague Steve, was in the midst of supervising a load-in for Dessert Goals, a two-weekend event filled with muffins, candies, cakes, ice cream and sweets of every variety. In such a large venue, she told me, events with multiple vendors is not unusual.
We walked around this 5500+ square-foot, year-round event space, exiting onto the dockside terrace which features their own dock from which you can charter a private yacht during events. The fading letters of the former Sabrosa warehouse give the exterior a rustic look. The venue also boasts 28' ceilings, ten skylights, and a large catering kitchen. The white walls offer event planners and clients great versatility for any type of function, from corporate branding events and social gathering to film and photo shoots, art exhibitions or fashion events.
Una's hospitality made me feel most welcome, and she encouraged me to return once the weather became warmer to enjoy the beautiful evenings at their sister bar, Anable Basin Sailing Bar & Grill, a beloved neighborhood establishment attracting diverse crowds all summer long. I can't wait!