What types of events do you host at Sound River Studios?
Sound River Studios (SRS) is a large space with white walls, large windows and skylights, a blank space awaiting transformation for your event. Corporate meetings, seminars, conventions, product launches and trade shows appreciate the broad expanse of floor space coupled with river views. The Manhattan skyline provides a striking backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions, bat & bar mitzvahs, cocktail parties, birthdays and social events of all sorts. High white walls are ideal for gallery exhibitions, performances and film screenings.
What is the capacity of the space?
SRS will accommodate 450 guests for standing-room-only events or 350 for seated dinners which includes room for bars, buffet tables, DJ booth, and dance floor. Of course, capacity will vary depending upon the nature and design of each event. See our floor plan for venue layout and area specs.
Is the building wheelchair accessible?
The entire venue, inside and out, is at street level, and two individual wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available in the entrance hall.
Is there a kitchen?
The 645-square foot kitchen is equipped with commercial refrigerators, sink, two 6’ work tables, and sufficient power for any electric appliances your caterer might need. For space layout, view or download the floor plan. In addition, grills may be placed outdoors and separate from guests should you require their use.
Do you have an outdoor space?
The main hall opens onto approximately 1300 square feet of venue-dedicated dockside terrace space which also features a private dock on the East River. The outdoor space can be separated from the bar next door during events, but guests may be allowed exit and reentry to the bar if desired. Frame tents can be erected to cover the outdoor space if needed. In addition, there is outdoor space available away from guests for grills or fryers should your caterer have the need.
Next door, Anable Basin Bar & Grill is open during warm weather (roughly April through October). If you're interested in additional space for your event, inquire about renting the bar space which can be tented during the colder months. This can increase your guest capacity by 300 or more depending on the event and layout.
Is there a bridal suite/green room on-site?
There is a small dressing room between the kitchen and restrooms that is equipped with a sink and mirror, though it's more often used as storage. Pipe and drape or soft/moveable walls can be used to create a separate room in the main hall should you need a larger bridal suite/dressing room for your event. Please discuss options with us and your event planner when you come for a site visit.
Our location provides a wealth of options for photographs. The spacious white main hall is ideal for film and photo shoots, and the dockside terrace outside features the Manhattan and Long Island City skylines as backdrop. The video on our location page provides a drone-view of our location in the context of the city and shows the local parks and next door public pier often used for photo shoots. See our gallery for additional photos.
What are the electrical specs?
Ample power (800+ amps) is available. SRS provides no lighting or electrical equipment. Contact our preferred vendors for answers to additional questions about lighting, sound, video and all power and rigging questions at SRS.
Is there a coat check room?
Depending on the event, a coat check can be set up in the entrance hall, inside the main hall, in the kitchen area, or in a tent in one of several locations outside. Please discuss these options with us during your tour of the venue..
How many restrooms are there?
Ladies and mens restrooms (four stalls/urinals each) are situated in the hallway just outside the main hall. Two more individual wheelchair-accessible restrooms are located in the entrance hall. Should you be renting additional outdoor space, two more individual restrooms are available on the dockside terrace. Our restroom capacity is adequate for maximum occupancy of the venue.
Is the building heated/air conditioned?
SRS is equipped with a commercial HVAC unit that provides heat and air conditioning.
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is not allowed inside the venue, but it is your decision whether to allow smoking outdoors on the dockside terrace during your event.
Are candles allowed?
Candles must be contained in votives or hurricane lamps with bottoms. Open flames that present a fire hazard are prohibited.
Is SRS pet friendly?
In accordance with state and local regulations, service animals are permitted to accompany their owners at any event. Otherwise, pets present a challenge as they rarely follow the direction of event planners. You may inquire about exceptions, but as a rule, it’s best to let your pets relax at home while you enjoy your event.
Do you provide technical services (power, set design, etc.)?
You must secure the services of experienced professionals to perform any technical services related to power (lighting, sound, video, wifi), set design (construction, rigging, etc.) or related aspects of your event. The professionals listed on our preferred vendor page can provide you any variety of options to fulfill the needs of your event.
How do I travel to Sound River Studios?
SRS is located on the East River waterfront at the end of 44th Drive in Long Island City, just off Vernon Boulevard between the Queensboro Bridge and the Queens-Midtown Tunnel. For more details, we direct you to our location information.
Your guests can arrive via car or taxi/ride-share service. Parking is more available at some times than at others, so you may with to retain valet parking services if many of your guests plan to drive. Shuttle bus service can also be arranged from the four local subway stops (Court Square, Vernon-Jackson, Queens Plaza, Queensboro Plaza) and the two local NYC Ferry terminals (Astoria and East River lines). See our vendor list, and inquire about specialty transportation services.
Ferry service from East Side Manhattan and other docks can also be arranged to Sound River Studios' private dock, providing a unique mode of transport and arrival for your guests. Please inquire about our custom yacht service aboard the Great Scott (pictured below and in our gallery).
Is parking available for guests and delivery vehicles?
Limited street parking is available on 44th Drive and more along Vernon Boulevard and beyond. SRS is usually able to accommodate a few vehicles near the venue for the use of select vendors as per a client’s wishes. See our list of preferred vendors to arrange valet parking service for your guests. Vendors must be carefully scheduled to avoid congestion when making deliveries and pickups. Delivery vehicles are usually able to find parking along Vernon Boulevard and nearby side streets.