With hip Williamsburg, family-friendly Park Slope and its rapidly growing downtown core, Brooklyn offers plenty to interest every type of traveler—including your meeting delegates. In recent years, New York City’s most populous borough has become increasingly high profile, with the addition of trendy shops and restaurants to Brooklyn’s already classic attractions like the Brooklyn Bridge and Prospect Park. Along with all this development come new meeting spaces as well. Here are some that should definitely be on your radar.
620 Atlantic Ave., Downtown Brooklyn
Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Islanders, was built in 2012 in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. In addition to hockey and basketball games, Barclays has hosted concerts, awards shows and even a few boxing matches. Event spaces include the arena’s four clubs and 101 luxury suites, the slick Billboard Lounge (complete with DJ booth) and the 5,000-square-foot 40/40 Club & Restaurant by Tanduay Rum. Barclays Center has direct connections to 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road and 11 bus lines.
Total event capacity: 17,000 attendees
63 Flushing Ave., Unit 300, Bldg. 92, Navy Yard
BLDG92, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is a restored former Marine Commandant’s residence that is now a museum. Permanent exhibitions illustrate how the shipyard has evolved from the time of the American Revolution to its present incarnation as a hub for private industry and commerce. A glass-walled room on the top floor that looks out over the Navy Yard and the light-filled Multipurpose Room, which has been outfitted with state-of-the-art A/V equipment, are among BLDG’s spaces for meetings.
Total event capacity: 150 attendees
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
One of Brooklyn’s oldest cultural institutions, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) dates back to 1861 and opened in its present location in charming Fort Greene in 1908. The academy is known for its cutting-edge programming, which includes concerts, dance performances, cinema, visual arts installations and more. Frederick Douglass gave four notable addresses at BAM in the 1860s, and the academy has hosted legends like the prominent Italian tenor Enrico Caruso. BAM’s seven indoor and outdoor spaces available for events include the Howard Gilman Opera House, a Beaux-Arts masterpiece that can host events for up to 2,090 attendees; the recently renovated, 874-seat BAM Harvey Theater and Lepercq Space, a ballroom turned flexible performance space that can accommodate up to 325 attendees.
Total event capacity: 2,090 attendees
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Photo by Will Steacy.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights
The 52-acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Prospect Heights is known for its gorgeous cherry trees—more than 200 in all, representing 42 species—and the monthlong festival held every May in their honor. The garden is also home to a bonsai conservatory and a rose garden with nearly 1,400 varieties. The elegant Palm House, which opens directly onto the Lily Pool Terrace, and the eco-friendly, glass-walled Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium are available for private events.
Total event capacity: 300 attendees
Brooklyn EXPO Center
79 Franklin St., Greenpoint
The 60,000-square-foot industrial-chic Brooklyn EXPO Center, the borough’s very first convention center, opened in Greenpoint in 2014. The modern glass building has 24-foot ceilings and 28,000 square feet of flexible indoor exhibition space, complemented by an additional 25,000 square feet of space outside. The center also offers ground-level loading and on-site parking for cars and trucks.
Total event capacity: 2,500 attendees
200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
The City’s third-largest museum is located in leafy Prospect Heights and houses more than 1.5 million works of art, including an extensive collection of Ancient Egyptian antiquities. The museum has several spaces available for private events the two-story, 10,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts Court has a unique glass floor and a vaulted skylight; the 415-seat Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium is wired with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. The elegant glass-and-brick Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby, which overlooks the museum’s public plaza, is also available for meetings.
Total event capacity: 880 attendees
63 Flushing Ave., BLDG. 268, Navy Yard
The Duggal Greenhouse, a historic shipbuilding warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard that has been transformed into a nearly 35,000-square-foot event space, has fantastic views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. The greenhouse has hosted events as varied as the 2016 Democratic presidential primary debates and the debut of Alexander Wang’s Fall 2014 line. The open-plan space has 70-foot ceilings and can accommodate up to 3,000 attendees. Planners can arrange yacht service from Manhattan.
Total event space: 3,000 attendees
Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island
3052 W. 21st St., Coney Island
Renowned as the home of Luna Park’s historic Cyclone roller coaster, with boardwalk stands selling everything from sunglasses to souvenirs to funnel cakes, Coney Island is a fun-filled destination for City residents and visitors alike. The 5,000-seat Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island opened in July 2016 as Brooklyn’s newest arts-and-entertainment venue. The $60 million amphitheater incorporates the historic 1923 Childs Building and is fully integrated into the legendary Coney Island Boardwalk. The Ford Amphitheater has both indoor and outdoor event space, as well as VIP areas for groups. Community organizations and nonprofits can host private events at the amphitheater.
Total event capacity: 5,000 attendees
Kings Theatre. Photo by Julienne Schaer.
1027 Flatbush Ave., Midwood
This historic theater—opened in 1929 as one of the five original Loew’s “Wonder Theaters,” elaborate movie mega-palaces that were created to promote the studio’s pictures—was recently renovated to the tune of $93 million. The theater’s soaring honeycomb ceiling and ornate moldings have been carefully restored, and vintage carpet and furniture were sourced to reference the original 1929 furnishings. At 3,000 seats, the Kings Theatre is one of the largest performing arts spaces in Brooklyn that is available for private events.
Total event capacity: 3,000 attendees
1904 Surf Ave., Coney Island
Coney Island’s MCU Park—formerly known as KeySpan Park—is the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball team. The stadium has also hosted concerts from top-name acts and boxing and wrestling matches. Both private space rentals and baseball packages that include field time and a “Backyard BBQ” menu are available for groups. MCU Park’s stadium can seat 7,000; its Party Deck holds 150; and several luxury suites are available for smaller groups.
Total event capacity: 7,000 attendees
175 Broadway, Williamsburg
The Classical Revival Williamsburgh Savings Bank building—located just steps from the Williamsburg Bridge—was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and after a recent renovation became a standalone event space. Weylin’s event spaces include the two-story, 3,500-square-foot Main Rotunda, which has a 110-foot domed ceiling and can accommodate up to 600 guests; the charming wood-paneled 1875 Bar, which can hold 175 for a reception or 100 for a seated dinner; and the jewel-toned Persian Room with oversized picture windows, ideal for 15 or fewer attendees.
Total event space: 1,000 attendees
There’s no shortage of event spaces in NYC. To browse further, see our comprehensive list.