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Metropolitan Building

Long Island City , NY
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44-01 11th Street
Long Island City, NY 11222 US (map)

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Allison
Wedding:
6/27/2015
4.7/5.0
We just had our wedding on the Fourth Floor and it was positively amazing. There are four things you need to know: it's beyond beautiful, the staff is fantastic, they are really flexible, but they are a bit "relaxed" in their communication.

The space is beyond incredible and delivered a unique, beautiful and memorable atmosphere for the wedding--it's the opposite of the "wedding factory" feel of many other places. They let us use a bunch of cool, antique furniture from the Third Floor that fit the space perfectly. Although it rained on our wedding day, we didn't even notice because the space itself is so beautiful you can take pictures for hours on the different floors. They are always booked for professional photo shoots--and it makes sense when you see the space.

The staff was incredible. Carlos took care of all our needs and went above and beyond in helping us set up our own lights, alter decorations, etc. (Note: You will have to provide most of those decorations yourself.)

We thought the venue's flexibility was hugely valuable. They have an in-house caterer but let you use outside vendors, which we did. We also got to provide our own alcohol (huge savings) and the space was so beautiful we went light on the flowers (again, huge savings).

The only thing to know is they are pretty laid back. If you are a Super Type A-type person (which we are), the lack of a formal contract and continual communication can be a touch unnerving. But...they obviously do weddings and events all the time and will have everything taken care of.
We just had our wedding on the Fourth Floor and it was positively amazing. There are four things you need to know: it's Read more...
We just had our wedding on the Fourth Floor and it was positively amazing. There are four things you need to know: it's beyond beautiful, the staff is fantastic, they are really flexible, but they are a bit "relaxed" in their communication.

The space is beyond incredible and delivered a unique, beautiful and memorable atmosphere for the wedding--it's the opposite of the "wedding factory" feel of many other places. They let us use a bunch of cool, antique furniture from the Third Floor that fit the space perfectly. Although it rained on our wedding day, we didn't even notice because the space itself is so beautiful you can take pictures for hours on the different floors. They are always booked for professional photo shoots--and it makes sense when you see the space.

The staff was incredible. Carlos took care of all our needs and went above and beyond in helping us set up our own lights, alter decorations, etc. (Note: You will have to provide most of those decorations yourself.)

We thought the venue's flexibility was hugely valuable. They have an in-house caterer but let you use outside vendors, which we did. We also got to provide our own alcohol (huge savings) and the space was so beautiful we went light on the flowers (again, huge savings).

The only thing to know is they are pretty laid back. If you are a Super Type A-type person (which we are), the lack of a formal contract and continual communication can be a touch unnerving. But...they obviously do weddings and events all the time and will have everything taken care of. Read less
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Meagan
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
The Metropolitan Building is a hidden oasis in this big city. We had our wedding there in May, on the 4th Floor, and it was absolutely perfect. The execution was better than I could have wished for, and all of our guests were swept away by the venue, the service, the food, and the uniqueness of our day. We went with the in-house caterer, Sasha from Maia Pearl, and the food was delicious. We had family-style meal, and there was more than enough food for our guests. Service from Carlos and his team was impeccable. Carlos put up 400 feet of string lights for us the day before, and it looked stunning in the space. I can't thank him and his team enough. They made our day just perfect.

One thing I loved about our venue was that we had the freedom to get creative with the space! Also, we had the ability to be in the space as early at 9AM on the day of. Music had to stop at midnight, but we really were able to throw a party for our guests. Our wedding was from 4:30 - midnight. Then, we slowly got every one out of the building... not feeling rushed at all by Carlos and his team at the end of the night. I was so thankful for that. If you book on the 4th floor, you can get ready on the 3rd floor. I did that with my bridal party, which was really special.

We never did get to meet Eleanor, but she sure does house a fantastic event space. We feel so fortunate to have been married there. Unforgettable.
The Metropolitan Building is a hidden oasis in this big city. We had our wedding there in May, on the 4th Floor, and it Read more...
The Metropolitan Building is a hidden oasis in this big city. We had our wedding there in May, on the 4th Floor, and it was absolutely perfect. The execution was better than I could have wished for, and all of our guests were swept away by the venue, the service, the food, and the uniqueness of our day. We went with the in-house caterer, Sasha from Maia Pearl, and the food was delicious. We had family-style meal, and there was more than enough food for our guests. Service from Carlos and his team was impeccable. Carlos put up 400 feet of string lights for us the day before, and it looked stunning in the space. I can't thank him and his team enough. They made our day just perfect.

One thing I loved about our venue was that we had the freedom to get creative with the space! Also, we had the ability to be in the space as early at 9AM on the day of. Music had to stop at midnight, but we really were able to throw a party for our guests. Our wedding was from 4:30 - midnight. Then, we slowly got every one out of the building... not feeling rushed at all by Carlos and his team at the end of the night. I was so thankful for that. If you book on the 4th floor, you can get ready on the 3rd floor. I did that with my bridal party, which was really special.

We never did get to meet Eleanor, but she sure does house a fantastic event space. We feel so fortunate to have been married there. Unforgettable. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This is an amazing wedding venue! Carlos was great at coordinating everything with our planner and the venue was very accommodating to requests. Everything went smoothly and our guests had an amazing time. Highly recommended!
This is an amazing wedding venue! Carlos was great at coordinating everything with our planner and the venue was very Read more...
This is an amazing wedding venue! Carlos was great at coordinating everything with our planner and the venue was very accommodating to requests. Everything went smoothly and our guests had an amazing time. Highly recommended! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
It is a very special and magical venue - may be a little laid back for some people, but it was perfect for us.
Would do a wedding there again!
It is a very special and magical venue - may be a little laid back for some people, but it was perfect for us.
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It is a very special and magical venue - may be a little laid back for some people, but it was perfect for us.
Would do a wedding there again! Read less
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Bridget
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
We got married on the fourth floor and could not have been happier with it! We have received so, so, so many compliments on how beautiful the it was, and it made our lives easier because the space is so beautiful on its own that we didn't have too much decorating to do. The staff were so easy to work with, and they made sure everything was in place for the big day. They were also extremely relaxed and laid back about what we did in the space and were flexible in terms of arrival time, and clean up etc. I can't imagine getting married anywhere else, this place is just incredible - a diamond in the rough!
We got married on the fourth floor and could not have been happier with it! We have received so, so, so many compliments Read more...
We got married on the fourth floor and could not have been happier with it! We have received so, so, so many compliments on how beautiful the it was, and it made our lives easier because the space is so beautiful on its own that we didn't have too much decorating to do. The staff were so easy to work with, and they made sure everything was in place for the big day. They were also extremely relaxed and laid back about what we did in the space and were flexible in terms of arrival time, and clean up etc. I can't imagine getting married anywhere else, this place is just incredible - a diamond in the rough! Read less
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Kimberly
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
The 2nd floor of the Metropolitan Building is so beautiful and unique, and we had the best time here for our wedding. The staff is great, especially Carlos, and they are very flexible and accommodating when you have special requests. We needed a ramp set up for handicap accessibility, a place to store the cake that we made ourselves the day of, and an area to assemble and store our flower arrangements the day before. There was another wedding the same day as ours on the 4th floor, and amazingly, we didn't even see or hear anyone from the other group. This is the type of place where you can be as creative as you want with your event, great for people who are crazy enough to take on an absurd number of DIY projects. Great venue!
The 2nd floor of the Metropolitan Building is so beautiful and unique, and we had the best time here for our wedding. The Read more...
The 2nd floor of the Metropolitan Building is so beautiful and unique, and we had the best time here for our wedding. The staff is great, especially Carlos, and they are very flexible and accommodating when you have special requests. We needed a ramp set up for handicap accessibility, a place to store the cake that we made ourselves the day of, and an area to assemble and store our flower arrangements the day before. There was another wedding the same day as ours on the 4th floor, and amazingly, we didn't even see or hear anyone from the other group. This is the type of place where you can be as creative as you want with your event, great for people who are crazy enough to take on an absurd number of DIY projects. Great venue! Read less
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Jaya
Wedding:
5/31/2014
4.8/5.0
I think their prices have gone up a bit since I booked, but we had the perfect wedding here in May 2014. Carlos and his team were so helpful, letting us load in stuff the night before, setting up all our lights and decorations for us, and letting us keep things there the night of the wedding and picking them up the next morning. Everyone couldn't stop talking about how beautiful the venue was, plus it has a full kitchen so your caterers can actually make the food there instead of prepping everything the day before and reheating it.

One tip though! We had a wedding and sit-down dinner of about 130 people on the 2nd floor, and even though they say they can fit 150, I would not go over 130! Everyone fit comfortably that way, but any more would have had the dinner tables really cutting into the dance floor space, and made everyone really cramped.
I think their prices have gone up a bit since I booked, but we had the perfect wedding here in May 2014. Carlos and his Read more...
I think their prices have gone up a bit since I booked, but we had the perfect wedding here in May 2014. Carlos and his team were so helpful, letting us load in stuff the night before, setting up all our lights and decorations for us, and letting us keep things there the night of the wedding and picking them up the next morning. Everyone couldn't stop talking about how beautiful the venue was, plus it has a full kitchen so your caterers can actually make the food there instead of prepping everything the day before and reheating it.

One tip though! We had a wedding and sit-down dinner of about 130 people on the 2nd floor, and even though they say they can fit 150, I would not go over 130! Everyone fit comfortably that way, but any more would have had the dinner tables really cutting into the dance floor space, and made everyone really cramped. Read less
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Robin
Wedding:
3/22/2014
4.7/5.0
The Metropolitan Building was the setting for one of the most beautiful weddings I have attended. It is not your run-of-the-mill venue, allowing you to envision and create your own setting. My son and daughter-in-law's reception was decorated with candles and string lights galore, making for the feel of an outdoor Tuscan wedding. I have no doubt the photos will be stunning. In addition to the arresting setting, the manager of the venue, Carlos, was laid back and ready to let the bride and groom fill their visual dream.
The Metropolitan Building was the setting for one of the most beautiful weddings I have attended. It is not your Read more...
The Metropolitan Building was the setting for one of the most beautiful weddings I have attended. It is not your run-of-the-mill venue, allowing you to envision and create your own setting. My son and daughter-in-law's reception was decorated with candles and string lights galore, making for the feel of an outdoor Tuscan wedding. I have no doubt the photos will be stunning. In addition to the arresting setting, the manager of the venue, Carlos, was laid back and ready to let the bride and groom fill their visual dream. Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
10/19/2013
4.6/5.0
The Metropolitan Building was absolutely perfect. We had our ceremony at a church in Manhattan and then bused guests to the 4th floor of the Met building for the reception. With all of our vendors in there the space looked more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. Our wedding planner was nervous about how relaxed they are (no contracts etc.) but ended up being pleasantly surprised by how seamless everything went under Carlos' guidance day of. This was the absolute perfect venue for our wedding, guests were blown away and so happy to be in such a unique space rather than the typical reception hall.
The Metropolitan Building was absolutely perfect. We had our ceremony at a church in Manhattan and then bused guests to Read more...
The Metropolitan Building was absolutely perfect. We had our ceremony at a church in Manhattan and then bused guests to the 4th floor of the Met building for the reception. With all of our vendors in there the space looked more beautiful than we ever could have imagined. Our wedding planner was nervous about how relaxed they are (no contracts etc.) but ended up being pleasantly surprised by how seamless everything went under Carlos' guidance day of. This was the absolute perfect venue for our wedding, guests were blown away and so happy to be in such a unique space rather than the typical reception hall. Read less
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Sheri
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
My wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Metropolitan Building (MB) on August 31, 2013. My husband and I live overseas and had only a few days during an October 2012 visit to NYC to find a venue for our wedding. As soon as we walked into the MB, we knew it was the place for us. It is stunningly beautiful, in a sophisticated, rustic and slightly urban way that only NYC can carry off. But despite this, it is not pretentious at all, which was important to us. We wanted our non-New Yorker guests to be comfortable.

We rented the 2nd floor for our small wedding (around 45 guests). The MB price point was one of the best that we found of all the places we looked at, as you can have the ceremony and reception in the same venue (different parts of the floor) and the MB offers a discount on the space fee if you use their in-house caterers. We did use their in-house caterers, Maia Pearl Catering, and were very happy with the food. (See separate review on catering.) We provided all drinks and ice, minimal flowers and decorations (not much is needed really), and music.

Tip 1: There is no speaker system, so while you can use an iPod for your dancing, you'll need to rent speakers

Tip 2: the MB does not use email and takes a bit of a laid back approach to events planning. But don't let this fool you -- they are professional and the service is fantastic. Carlos and his team were absolutely great during the wedding.

Tip 3: Hire a wedding planner to help ensure good communication and organization with the MB. Kate of Green Apple Weddings has done over 50 weddings at the MB, from those with less than 50 guests on one floor (like mine) to weddings with 250 guests using both floors. She is excellent (see separate review) and is well experienced in navigating the particularities of the MB.

If we did it again, we would not change anything! We loved the MB.
My wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Metropolitan Building (MB) on August 31, 2013. My husband and I live Read more...
My wedding ceremony and reception was held at the Metropolitan Building (MB) on August 31, 2013. My husband and I live overseas and had only a few days during an October 2012 visit to NYC to find a venue for our wedding. As soon as we walked into the MB, we knew it was the place for us. It is stunningly beautiful, in a sophisticated, rustic and slightly urban way that only NYC can carry off. But despite this, it is not pretentious at all, which was important to us. We wanted our non-New Yorker guests to be comfortable.

We rented the 2nd floor for our small wedding (around 45 guests). The MB price point was one of the best that we found of all the places we looked at, as you can have the ceremony and reception in the same venue (different parts of the floor) and the MB offers a discount on the space fee if you use their in-house caterers. We did use their in-house caterers, Maia Pearl Catering, and were very happy with the food. (See separate review on catering.) We provided all drinks and ice, minimal flowers and decorations (not much is needed really), and music.

Tip 1: There is no speaker system, so while you can use an iPod for your dancing, you'll need to rent speakers

Tip 2: the MB does not use email and takes a bit of a laid back approach to events planning. But don't let this fool you -- they are professional and the service is fantastic. Carlos and his team were absolutely great during the wedding.

Tip 3: Hire a wedding planner to help ensure good communication and organization with the MB. Kate of Green Apple Weddings has done over 50 weddings at the MB, from those with less than 50 guests on one floor (like mine) to weddings with 250 guests using both floors. She is excellent (see separate review) and is well experienced in navigating the particularities of the MB.

If we did it again, we would not change anything! We loved the MB. Read less
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