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Raw Space Guide:
21 Great Venues

August 22, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT

Maybe your next event doesn't need old world charm, or sleek, modern design--you just need a raw space to transform into a totally new environment. New York has lots of photo studios, loft spaces and other special event venues that are ready to become whatever you want them to be. So here are 21 raw venues. (And if you need to find more, check out the photo studios category of our Find a Resource feature.) --Suzanne Ito

Antigravity Skyloft: The Antigravity acrobat troupe uses this as their training space, but it's also available for event planners who are after a raw space with beautiful hardwood floors, a rooftop terrace and an outdoor patio. More...

Bathhouse Studio: A former public bathhouse in the East Village, this space offers a cyclorama, a rooftop terrace, a state-of-the-art audio system and an operational fireplace.

Boylan Studios: Housed in Chelsea's Starrett-Lehigh building, this huge, 15,000-square-foot photo studio offers great views and stark, white spaces that beg for transformation. Read about an event here...

Capsule Studios: An intimate photography studio in Union Square. More...

Culinary Loft: Make like Jean-Georges and cook up a storm in the Culinary Loft, which offers 12 cooking stations and room for 60 guests.

Drive In Studios: A popular Chelsea raw space. Read about a Target/Mossimo event here..., Read about a Sama Eyewear event here...

Eyebeam Atelier: A former Time Warner cable warehouse, the 11,000-square-foot space has industrial concrete floors, exposed brick walls and a glass foyer. More..., Read about an event here...

Industria Superstudio: The king of photo studios and favorite of celeb photographers, Industria offers nine different studios, a rooftop terrace and catering by Braque Inc. for events.

Javits Center: If you want raw space, you won't find more than the convention center's 1.8 million square feet. And it's not just for trade shows: Javits has also hosted tony benefits. Read about the Robin Hood Foundation benefit here...

Metropolitan Pavilion: One of the city's most popular event spaces, with 30,000 square feet of gorgeous polished hardwood floors and white walls. The long space is especially ideal for fashion shows and banquets. Read about a Speedvision event here..., Read about a special event showcase here...

Milk Studios: A 45,000-square-foot event space in Chelsea with 15,000 square feet of terrace space. Read about an MTV/YM event here..., Read about a Men's Journal event here...

Peter White Studio: Located on the 14th floor of the Starrett-Lehigh building, the studio offers 11,000 square feet in three separate spaces--great for fashion shows, product launches or cocktail parties. Read about an event here...

Primal Light Studios: Chelsea penthouse photo studio with a large wraparound terrace and stunning views of the west side. Read about an event here...

The Puck Building: This New York landmark building is still a favorite among event planners. Read about a GenArt event here..., Read about a Henry Street Settlement benefit here...

Silvercup Studios: Famed movie and television studio (Sex and the City shoots there) in Long Island City, Queens. It offers a vast 18,000-square-foot roof, ample parking and easy access from Midtown.

Sky Studios: A breathtaking space that occupies four levels: a 10th floor penthouse, an 11th floor daylight photo studio and two more levels with a pool and rooftop garden. Read about an event here...

Studio 450: Two floors of penthouse event space and a large outdoor deck with a great view of the Hudson River. Read about an Industry Standard event here..., Read about an Urban Justice Center benefit here...

Studio 7: A Chinatown photo, film and TV studio with tons of daylight thanks to two skylights and 30 windows. Also offers roof access and a fully-equipped open kitchen. More...

Sun Studios: A West Village photo studio complete with an I. M. Pei-style glass triangle skylight. Read about an event here...

Whitespace: There's a reason it's called Whitespace: white walls and ceilings, with a rooftop studio and cyclorama. And it's close to the Javits Center, making it great for a party connected to a trade show held there.

Zoom Studios: A 9,000-square-foot TriBeCa event space broken into three separate rooms. Read about an event here...

Posted 08.22.01

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