9 Stunning Backdrops in NYC for Outdoor Events

New York City is hands-down one of the most photogenic cities on the planet. Nothing prepares the average tourist for the stunning views, breathtaking skylines, and gorgeous cityscape. As a New York event planner, you can look to work with venues with incredible skyline backdrops. Here are just a few favorite outdoor event hotspots that will leave your guests in awe.

1. The Bordone Long Island City

Think industrial-chic with this event venue. Offering a sprawling terrace suitable for up to 300 guests and a more intimate rooftop with downright striking views of Manhattan and the river.  

2. The Monarch Rooftop

For sparkling views of the Empire State Building, you have to consider The Monarch Rooftop. They’ll offer plenty of indoor space if you need it, too, with open floor plan designs, an expansive wooden and trendy bar, and a host of plush sofas. The outdoor space is considered “all-event” with clear tenting options. And you can host upwards of 300 guests who’ll love the tropical plants and uniquely eclectic furniture.

3. The Skylark New York

This multi-level event space is a must-save venue for every New York event planner. The windows stretch from floor to ceiling, offering stunning views of the city skyline from nearly anywhere in the building. You’ll love the rooftop deck’s panoramic views, too. There are built-in bars and an artfully crafted cocktail menu the guests will appreciate, as well.

4. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Imagine a picturesque ballroom that opens up overlooking the cherished Brooklyn Bridge Park. Think plush and comfortable lounges, perfect for late-night gatherings and enjoying summer cocktails. The sunsets from the rooftop of this venue are downright stunning and ever so romantic.

5. Pier Sixty, The Lighthouse

Choose from one of three incredible event spaces overlooking the glorious Hudson River. Piers, lights, and amazing views await in every direction. Pier Sixty is a dreamy backdrop to any event that begs to be outdoors. And the iconic scenery will certainly enhance every selfie and photo.

6. Tribeca Rooftop

Often named as one of the best outdoor event venues with a view, among New York event planners and guests, the Tribeca Rooftop is a spectacular must-see. Set your camera settings to panorama for shots of the Hudson River, the downtown Manhattan skyline, and the Empire State Building. 

7. The Wagner at the Battery

This luxury hotel, located in Lower Manhattan, offers all the riverside views. But it’s also a premier party venue, with a gorgeous patio that overlooks Battery Park and the waterfront. With its high tables, comfy lounge furniture, and enough room for 280 guests, it’s an outdoor event experience worth adding to your roster of considerations. 

8. Arlo Soho

When you want an outdoor space with great views and a more artistic vibe, check out Arlo Soho. It provides both an indoor and outdoor experience, with a rooftop bar and stunning views of the city. Ideal for parties with up to 250 guests, this space features an exposed brick accent and picnic tables for a true summertime feel.

9. Midtown Loft & Terrace

Situated in the beating heart of New York City, this 4,000 square foot, modern space provides an absolutely gorgeous 360-degree view of Manhattan. Up to 150 guests will enjoy any party here, complete with its retractable roof and illuminated sky bar. There’s also a photo booth to capture every moment.

Check out some of these New York City venues when event planning for outdoor experiences. The views alone will serve as an iconic backdrop for any party, celebration, or get-together. And they’re all worth keeping on your consideration list as incredible places to host special occasions. 

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