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The Housing Works Bookstore

New York , NY
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126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10012 US (map)

PHONE

646-786-1100

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ABOUT US

With 100% of all proceeds helping those struggling with the dual crisis of homelessness and HIV/AIDS, Housing Works Bookstore Café is the quintessential "out of the box" New York venue—a... Read more
With 100% of all proceeds helping those struggling with the dual crisis of homelessness and HIV/AIDS, Housing Works Bookstore Café is the quintessential "out of the box" New York venue—a generous space in a historic, beautifully renovated building located in popular and vibrant SoHo. With 20-foot ceilings, spiral staircases and mahogany paneled balconies and bookshelves, this space resembles an Ivy league library and lends style and sophistication to any event.

Our in-house caterer, The Works Catering, is also owned and operated by Housing Works, Inc. The Works specializes in seasonal and local menus and is well known for "special consideration" catering such as gluten-free, vegetarian. vegan, and specific carbohydrate diets. The Works also is in high-demand in all 5 boroughs in some of New Yorks most popular wedding and even venues.

The contract process with Housing Works is very all-inclusive. There is one contract for space rentals, bar, staffing, food, equipment rental and tax.

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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Specialty Wine
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, French, German, Southern, Thai, Vietnamese
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
200

INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1920
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
City, Vintage, Other
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
200
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
12500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
130
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1920
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Historic Site
Describe the style of your venue
City, Vintage, Other
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
No
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
12500
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
130
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Event Rentals
Offered in-house
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
This truly is a unique place for a wedding. Everybody was very professional, helpful and really catered to your every need. The food was wonderful and all our guests commented on what a great place for a wedding.
This truly is a unique place for a wedding. Everybody was very professional, helpful and really catered to your every Read more...
This truly is a unique place for a wedding. Everybody was very professional, helpful and really catered to your every need. The food was wonderful and all our guests commented on what a great place for a wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Housing works and their event manager Amanda were incredible! I can’t express how much they brought our event together and how grateful we are that we found them. We are a queer couple who really didn’t want a “traditional” ceremony and had phobias about the whole marriage/wedding thing. We honestly didn’t know how we would do it in a way that wasn’t cheesy or uptight. Amanda and Housing Works helped us realize we could have an event that was totally our own and reflected our own values and creativity and was just incredibly intimate, relaxed and down to earth. They are totally responsive on email, very reliable and then add a bunch of extra touches in so you have nothing extra to stress about on the night. I can't recommend them highly enough!
Housing works and their event manager Amanda were incredible! I can’t express how much they brought our event together and Read more...
Housing works and their event manager Amanda were incredible! I can’t express how much they brought our event together and how grateful we are that we found them. We are a queer couple who really didn’t want a “traditional” ceremony and had phobias about the whole marriage/wedding thing. We honestly didn’t know how we would do it in a way that wasn’t cheesy or uptight. Amanda and Housing Works helped us realize we could have an event that was totally our own and reflected our own values and creativity and was just incredibly intimate, relaxed and down to earth. They are totally responsive on email, very reliable and then add a bunch of extra touches in so you have nothing extra to stress about on the night. I can't recommend them highly enough! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Emily
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Housing Works Bookstore was the perfect venue for our wedding. The venue itself is unique and beautiful - wonderful to get married surrounded by books. All of our guests loved the space and ambiance. The staff is wonderful. We are still amazed at how quickly they were able to turn over the space from bookstore to wedding in two hours, but they did it. Housing Works in-house catering company, "The Works" produces delicious food featuring local ingredients. We got lots of compliments on the food.

On top of all that, one of the reasons we chose this venue was that a good percentage of what we spent on the event would go to support the Housing Works organization, which we've been long supporters of through book donations for years. The things you need to know that could be challenging are that you have very limited access to the space until after the bookstore closes on that day (for a 7:00 wedding, that is 5:00) and there is no refrigerator on site. However, it is well worth working around those relatively minor inconveniences.
Housing Works Bookstore was the perfect venue for our wedding. The venue itself is unique and beautiful - wonderful to get Read more...
Housing Works Bookstore was the perfect venue for our wedding. The venue itself is unique and beautiful - wonderful to get married surrounded by books. All of our guests loved the space and ambiance. The staff is wonderful. We are still amazed at how quickly they were able to turn over the space from bookstore to wedding in two hours, but they did it. Housing Works in-house catering company, "The Works" produces delicious food featuring local ingredients. We got lots of compliments on the food.

On top of all that, one of the reasons we chose this venue was that a good percentage of what we spent on the event would go to support the Housing Works organization, which we've been long supporters of through book donations for years. The things you need to know that could be challenging are that you have very limited access to the space until after the bookstore closes on that day (for a 7:00 wedding, that is 5:00) and there is no refrigerator on site. However, it is well worth working around those relatively minor inconveniences. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Jackie
Wedding:
6/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Housing Works was such an amazing venue! The store itself is gorgeous and they way the crew transforms it into a soft-lighted venue from a bookstore café is awesome. A friend likened it to stepping into a world from Alice and Wonderland. The food is delicious, and the serving staff is extremely attentive. Also, a shout out to Amanda and Josh, the awesome coordinators - they keep everything running smoothly and they take care of all of the details. I cannot recommend Housing Works highly enough. It's also a bonus that it's super affordable and you are making a donation to their charity by booking them for your wedding.
Housing Works was such an amazing venue! The store itself is gorgeous and they way the crew transforms it into a Read more...
Housing Works was such an amazing venue! The store itself is gorgeous and they way the crew transforms it into a soft-lighted venue from a bookstore café is awesome. A friend likened it to stepping into a world from Alice and Wonderland. The food is delicious, and the serving staff is extremely attentive. Also, a shout out to Amanda and Josh, the awesome coordinators - they keep everything running smoothly and they take care of all of the details. I cannot recommend Housing Works highly enough. It's also a bonus that it's super affordable and you are making a donation to their charity by booking them for your wedding. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Abbie
Wedding:
5/16/2014
5.0/5.0
Housing Works is an amazing place to get married in New York City. Not only are they an extremely affordable option, but the staff is helpful and fun to work with. They are very accommodating to our needs, as we wanted a vegetarian wedding. Their staff made sure we got exactly what we wanted within our budget. The bookstore itself is a quirky and unique venue, and it is definitely a memorable location.
Housing Works is an amazing place to get married in New York City. Not only are they an extremely affordable option, but Read more...
Housing Works is an amazing place to get married in New York City. Not only are they an extremely affordable option, but the staff is helpful and fun to work with. They are very accommodating to our needs, as we wanted a vegetarian wedding. Their staff made sure we got exactly what we wanted within our budget. The bookstore itself is a quirky and unique venue, and it is definitely a memorable location. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Amanda and everyone at Housing Works were WONDERFUL! During the planning stages, they offered lots of helpful guidance and made sure that all our questions were answered - the whole process was very clear and straightforward. The group tasting before our event also gave us the opportunity to see the venue in "party mode", which was really nice. During our reception itself, all the staff were so solicitous; they were always in good spirits and ready to help, without being in your face. Also, the bookstore looked BEAUTIFUL. We got a lot of compliments from guests about how great the venue looked and how good the food was. Bottom line is that this venue and its staff are really great. From the beginning, they made us feel comfortable and didn't try to up-sell us on anything. They just really wanted us to be happy and have a great party, and we did!
Amanda and everyone at Housing Works were WONDERFUL! During the planning stages, they offered lots of helpful guidance and Read more...
Amanda and everyone at Housing Works were WONDERFUL! During the planning stages, they offered lots of helpful guidance and made sure that all our questions were answered - the whole process was very clear and straightforward. The group tasting before our event also gave us the opportunity to see the venue in "party mode", which was really nice. During our reception itself, all the staff were so solicitous; they were always in good spirits and ready to help, without being in your face. Also, the bookstore looked BEAUTIFUL. We got a lot of compliments from guests about how great the venue looked and how good the food was. Bottom line is that this venue and its staff are really great. From the beginning, they made us feel comfortable and didn't try to up-sell us on anything. They just really wanted us to be happy and have a great party, and we did! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Getting married at Housing Works was a dream come true and worth every single penny. The venue is a warm and intimate space, the food was abundant and amazing (all of our guests raved), and the decor speaks for itself. The space is imbued with warmth and love, and the best part is that your money goes to such a good cause instead of into a random person's pocket. The team there--especially Amanda--is exemplary. Not only are they professionals and on top of anything, but they are such lovely people whom we are happy to call friends. If you want a magical and unique wedding, do it at Housing Works!
Getting married at Housing Works was a dream come true and worth every single penny. The venue is a warm and intimate Read more...
Getting married at Housing Works was a dream come true and worth every single penny. The venue is a warm and intimate space, the food was abundant and amazing (all of our guests raved), and the decor speaks for itself. The space is imbued with warmth and love, and the best part is that your money goes to such a good cause instead of into a random person's pocket. The team there--especially Amanda--is exemplary. Not only are they professionals and on top of anything, but they are such lovely people whom we are happy to call friends. If you want a magical and unique wedding, do it at Housing Works! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Private User
Wedding:
10/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Housing Works is a rustic bookstore in SoHo, NYC that not only sells books, but gives its proceeds toward housing homeless people living with AIDS. Those are just a few reasons we booked our special night at this venue. The staff I met with in planning our wedding were incredibly attentive and caring. When we arrived at the venue, everything was set up so beautifully. We provided a few decorations (you don't need a lot since it's in a bookstore!!) and they did a wonderful job setting them up, as well, with minimum guidance from us as to where everything should go. Our guests have told us that our wedding was the most original and unique they've ever been to AND that the food at this venue was the best wedding food they've ever eaten (NO JOKE!). Housing Works even let our guests purchase books if they wanted to! If you're a book lover (and hopefully you are), plan your wedding here! :) Thank you, Housing Works!
Housing Works is a rustic bookstore in SoHo, NYC that not only sells books, but gives its proceeds toward housing homeless Read more...
Housing Works is a rustic bookstore in SoHo, NYC that not only sells books, but gives its proceeds toward housing homeless people living with AIDS. Those are just a few reasons we booked our special night at this venue. The staff I met with in planning our wedding were incredibly attentive and caring. When we arrived at the venue, everything was set up so beautifully. We provided a few decorations (you don't need a lot since it's in a bookstore!!) and they did a wonderful job setting them up, as well, with minimum guidance from us as to where everything should go. Our guests have told us that our wedding was the most original and unique they've ever been to AND that the food at this venue was the best wedding food they've ever eaten (NO JOKE!). Housing Works even let our guests purchase books if they wanted to! If you're a book lover (and hopefully you are), plan your wedding here! :) Thank you, Housing Works! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
From our first meeting with Matt to our final emails with Josh, we were constantly impressed and excited by the Housing Works team. We wanted an intimate, laid-back wedding, and Josh, Amanda, Emily, and Matt made us feel comfortable without ever seeming like they themselves were slackening the reins. Josh ensured that our reception went smoothly, and Emily went out of her way to accommodate my husband's strict diet (SCD). So wonderful working with these people.

The bookstore itself is beautiful, with its hardwood floors and high ceilings, and being bookish people we loved that books were the main decor of the evening. Some of our guests even bought books during the reception! The bookstore is truly transformed for special events, with lovely low lighting, LED candles, and strings of lights on the balconies. It was magical!

One more note: what really sold us on this venue was that all profits (and they do turn a profit, as they are good at what they do) go back to the Housing Works organization. That was really important to us.
From our first meeting with Matt to our final emails with Josh, we were constantly impressed and excited by the Housing Read more...
From our first meeting with Matt to our final emails with Josh, we were constantly impressed and excited by the Housing Works team. We wanted an intimate, laid-back wedding, and Josh, Amanda, Emily, and Matt made us feel comfortable without ever seeming like they themselves were slackening the reins. Josh ensured that our reception went smoothly, and Emily went out of her way to accommodate my husband's strict diet (SCD). So wonderful working with these people.

The bookstore itself is beautiful, with its hardwood floors and high ceilings, and being bookish people we loved that books were the main decor of the evening. Some of our guests even bought books during the reception! The bookstore is truly transformed for special events, with lovely low lighting, LED candles, and strings of lights on the balconies. It was magical!

One more note: what really sold us on this venue was that all profits (and they do turn a profit, as they are good at what they do) go back to the Housing Works organization. That was really important to us. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Venue
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Stephanie
Wedding:
4/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Housing Works was a great choice for our medium-smallish wedding reception (75 people). Josh and Amanda were so friendly, accommodating, and helpful. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect: intimate, cozy, and chic. Plus you can feel good about supporting a good cause. I would recommend Housing Works for anyone who doesn't want to micromanage the catering and setup (that said, I did bring in our own simple flowers and decorations, and they made it really easy for us to deliver some things ahead of time and pick them back up the next day). The only note to be aware of is that the timing is a bit tight: If you want to do your own decorations or even if you're using a professional there's only a small window for setup (between the bookstore closing time and the start of your party) so you can't go nuts "transforming the space." The bookstore doesn't need it anyway--beautiful as is!
Housing Works was a great choice for our medium-smallish wedding reception (75 people). Josh and Amanda were so friendly, Read more...
Housing Works was a great choice for our medium-smallish wedding reception (75 people). Josh and Amanda were so friendly, accommodating, and helpful. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect: intimate, cozy, and chic. Plus you can feel good about supporting a good cause. I would recommend Housing Works for anyone who doesn't want to micromanage the catering and setup (that said, I did bring in our own simple flowers and decorations, and they made it really easy for us to deliver some things ahead of time and pick them back up the next day). The only note to be aware of is that the timing is a bit tight: If you want to do your own decorations or even if you're using a professional there's only a small window for setup (between the bookstore closing time and the start of your party) so you can't go nuts "transforming the space." The bookstore doesn't need it anyway--beautiful as is! Read less
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