Like the rest of the country, New York is slowly but surely reopening for events. New York City is currently in Phase 4 of the state's plan and has recently allowed museums, bowling alleys and other entertainment venues permission to begin welcoming guests, with precautions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan permits gatherings of up to 50 people, and last week announced that restaurants can resume indoor dining service on Sept. 30 at 25 percent capacity. Officials say there will be a review no later than Nov. 1 to determine whether that capacity can increase to 50 percent.
For groups local to New York City or within driving distance, plenty of outdoor and/or space-flexible venues are operating. Consider one of these unique spaces for your upcoming meetings.
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx; (718) 817-8700
The 250-acre New York Botanical Gardens is welcoming guests and groups to its grounds, and new safety measures based on guidance from health authorities and government agencies have been implemented, including requiring visitors and staff to wear face coverings, increasing sanitization in public areas, administering health screenings for on-site staff and supporting social-distancing practices via signage.
Groups of at least 15 and up to 50 can reserve and customize their trips to the gardens, with private tour and ceremony options, in accordance with current policies. Click here to review what is open and what isn't.
Current food-and-beverage options include boxed lunches or vouchers to the Pine Tree Café, with an array of grab-and-go dishes ranging from artisanal paninis and signature salads to desserts and snacks. Outdoor seating for groups is available at the Pine Tree Café.
30 Hudson Yards, New York; (332) 204-8500
High above the ground at 1,100 feet, the Edge at Hudson Yards, the highest observation desk in the Western Hemisphere, reopened to the public on Sept. 2 after closing in March just two days after its official debut. Groups of at least 15 and up to 50 can book the 7,500-square-foot deck and take advantage of its 360-degree skyline views. As restrictions lessen, groups will also be able to take advantage of the Peak restaurant, lounge bar and event space.
Safety measures for groups include temperature screenings, social-distancing markers and one-way travel, required face coverings, contactless elevator service, dual-layer MERV-rated filtration systems that remove airborne particles in all indoor spaces, and protective screens that have been installed at the Edge Bar.
1178 Broadway, New York; (917) 722-5027
The Farm — an event space in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood — is now hosting groups in accordance to CDC guidelines. The venue features an outdoor, 2.300-square-foot rooftop space with the ability to host up to 50 guests. Indoor spaces are available, too (the largest, the 1,500-square-foot Industrial, hosts up to 55 people), and are operating on a limited basis under strict guidelines.
The Farm requires all guests to wear protective face coverings and to maintain at least 6 feet of distance. All common areas are equipped with hand-sanitizing stations that that guests must use upon entry. Indoor spaces are marked with socially distanced stickers for directing walkway traffic throughout the common areas, and elevators are currently being limited to one guest at a time.
Food-and-beverage service at the venue currently is limited to prepackaged options. All plates, cups and utensils must be disposed immediately after use.
620 Fifth Ave, New York; (212) 632-5000
The 684-square-foot rooftop garden has a current maximum-group capacity of 50 people and is accompanied by an additional open-air, 228-square-foot tented area. The venue features garden landscapes and a reflecting pool, with views of Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
A 2,304-square-foot indoor space adjacent to the gardens currently is operating in accordance with state guidelines.
2 Desbrosses Street, New York; (212) 625-2600
Above the cobblestone streets of this New York neighborhood, Tribeca Rooftop (pictured above) is booking groups of up to 50 for private events. The 14,000-square-foot outdoor space features a private entrance with dedicated elevators and direct access to and from the street below, high-speed internet access, in-house A/V and tech support, and the opportunity for companies to brand the space with custom signage.
Inside, 15,000 square feet of meeting space will be available for group gatherings as soon as state restrictions lessen.