New Website Matches You with Venue

April 17, 2012 Updated: April 18, 2012
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The balcony of a Prince Street penthouse; the penthouse is available for a wide variety of events for $1,470 a day. (Courtesy of Eventup)

NEW YORK—You’re having a party, holding a conference outside the office, or want to get together with a few more friends than your home has space for. What to do?

The website Eventup has branched out to New York City to provide an answer.

“We want to make everyone’s life so much easier when it comes to booking a venue for their event,” said founder and CEO Tony Adam, “whether it’s a wedding, or a birthday, an anniversary, [or a] bar mitzvah.”

Started in California in February, the company provides building owners a platform to showcase their space. People looking for space to rent can search the site for a venue for their next event.

It’s free to list. Eventup takes 10 percent of completed transactions.

The company has more than 500 locations already available in New York City, despite only starting in the city last Tuesday.

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The most expensive listing on Eventup in New York City, a 5-story, 9,000 square-foot townhouse in the Meatpacking District that has an elevator and other amenities, going for $75,000 a day. (Courtesy of Eventup)
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A Brooklyn garden apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant available for $400 a day. (Courtesy of Eventup)

For instance, a Brooklyn Garden apartment in Bedford–Stuyvesant, complete with a hot tub and backyard, is available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night for $400 an evening.

Meanwhile, a 9,000-square-foot, 5-story townhouse in the Meatpacking District with an elevator and plenty of amenities goes for $75,000 a day.

The former homes of Bob Dylan and Katherine Hepburn, both in Turtle Bay, are available for photo shoots, $32,000 and $25,000, respectively. But, they come with a maximum occupancy of 20 people.

The Eventup website displays venues and what they can be used for, such as dinner parties, corporate events, and filming locations.

Apartments all over Manhattan can be had for several hundred dollars, while even space in the Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx can be rented for $3,500 a day, though only on Sundays.

The company just opened in the city, but many inquiries have been made, said CEO Tony Adams. The company is focusing on building up a stock of venues.

In Los Angeles and San Francisco, they have worked with clients both large and small. Although none of the listing in Los Angeles are more than $10,000 an evening, a bevy are available for that price, from Exchange LA, a nightclub, to the Skirball Cultural Center in Sherman Oaks.

Insurance is typically in place for commercial properties, while the company can help work it out for residential.

As for neighbors concerned over events potentially getting out of control, Adams said he doesn’t foresee any problems happening. Many venue owners list noise restrictions, neighborhood policies, and the like.

“The DJ can only be on until 11 p.m., after that you can play music, but it can’t be amplified,” he said. “Those types of things are already being built in.”


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