Outdoor Venues for Events in New York City

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Outdoor event venues can be challenging to find in New York City, but several unique spaces—many of them in arts-focused buildings—are either in development or already open.


Carnegie Hall is in the middle of a renovation on its Studio Towers, which will include both indoor and outdoor space. The Studio Towers will have new event spaces—a new Dining Room, Terrace Room, and Music Room—that can be used for private functions, and will be available as of October 1. Outdoors, the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Roof Terrace (pictured right) will primarily be used as a gathering space for concert attendees and internal functions—at least for the first year of its operation. Good to know: The Roof Terrace will have plantings and reflective pavers to help reduce energy needs. For more information about hosting events at Carnegie Hall, contact the Event Planning Department at events@carnegiehall.org or 212-903-9647.


At the Museum of Modern Art (more popularly known as MoMA), The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden (pictured below) can accommodate 1,500 people for an outdoor reception among top-tier artwork. The Carroll and Milton Petrie Café, meanwhile, can accommodate 60 people for a dinner or 100 for a reception. It is located immediately outside the Painting and Sculpture Galleries on the fifth floor. Good to know: In good weather, the balcony offers top views of the Sculpture Garden.


Important: Due to the museum’s schedule, events can begin no earlier than 7 p.m., and on Fridays, events can begin no earlier than 9:30 p.m. Contact the Office of Special Programming and Events at 212-708-9680 or specialevents@moma.org.


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