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The Housing Works Bookstore

New York, NY View map Visit website
Rating 5.0 out of 5
54 reviews
$15k - $17k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

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$15k - $17k For 100 Guests
Up to 150 guests

The Housing Works Bookstore is a unique and spacious wedding venue located in New York, New York. This bookstore gives a cozy and comfortable feel to any event with shelves of books, warm lighting, and beautiful wooden floors. The Housing Works Bookstore is housed in a historic and beautiful renovated building in the vibrant neighborhood of SoHo. This location boasts 20-foot ceilings, spiral staircases, and mahogany paneled balconies. Resembling an Ivy League library, this facility provides couples with a sense of sophistication and style. This bookstore gives 100% of all proceeds to homelessness and HIV/AIDS. Their staff assists with floor plans, design, and assistance with vendors. When booking this venue, couples can feel confident in receiving unmatched service and hosting an event that matches their distinct style.

Facilities and Capacity
This bookstore can hold a maximum capacity of 175 wedding guests. Their staff can assist with different floor plan designs that accommodate all couples' distinct requests. They can host both intimate ceremonies and large receptions. Whether you want an intimate seated dinner, or an open floor plan cocktail party, the Housing works crew can guide you in the right direction based on your guest size.

To ensure that your inquiry receives a timely response, please email rentals@housingworksbookstore.org directly.

Services Offered
This historic building can easily host a couple’s ceremony/reception, bridal shower, engagement party, and rehearsal dinner. The venue's indoor space rental comes with exsisting furnature, LED candles on bookshelves, fastoon lighting, and drapery. Their attentive and skilled staff can assist with setup and cleanup to ensure a stress-free day. Their services include, list of required caterers, bar services, event rentals (additional tables and linen), lighting, sound equipment, outside vendors, and WiFi. Other services include:

  • Dance floor
  • Drapery
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bridal suite

Cuisine/ Exclusive Caterers

The Housing Works Bookstore Venue works exclusively with an exceptional list of NYC Caterers. Their strict vetting process ensures that each caterer is proficiant when it comes to working in the unique space. The caterers are socially consious when it comes to food waste, and offer an array of options to satisfy any cusine style as well as pricepoint.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$3,500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$3,500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

No

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
Glassware
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$40

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
House Wine

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

150

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

1

Describe your venue:

Banquet Hall
Historic Building
Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Event Rentals
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Preferred Vendors Only
Wifi

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Drapery
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
December

54 Reviews

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    S Kim Married on 05/29/2022
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    Best decision ever!

    100% recommended, and yes we are going to return here for our 5/10-year anniversary!!

    We had our wedding recently (both ceremony and reception) from 7PM-midnight and writing to express huge thank you to Tomasz, our contact and event captain from the housing works bookstore. We met Tomasz for the first time when he showed us the venue for the tour, and we fell in love with the place and the people. The bookstore is beautiful, especially at night after being repurposed for the wedding.

    For ~100 people wedding, the bookstore is perfect-sized (we had 75 guests). We loved the missions of the housing works, and the bookstore fitted with our wedding theme and our goal. Tomasz is very organized, and he makes sure you have absolutely beautiful day through multiple meetings, and he is 100% present on the wedding day by making sure the day flows smoothly.

    We also found the housing works bookstore rate is extremely reasonable, and rather affordable given the convenient location and what the venue offers. The bookstore offers the liquor, and we found, at first, wine selection is a bit limited, but later we noticed they are quite delicious. Guests often commented how unique the venue is, and how pleased they were with the whole experience.

    Highly recommended, and if you are not hiring for the wedding, please visit during the day (either bookstore or thrift shops) and support Housing Works!
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    Sarah W. Married on 05/28/2022
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    We had the time of our lives!

    Oh wow - where to begin! First of all, as a New Yorker, Housing Works has renowned immaculate vibes. Not only is it a wonderful organization doing the good work of fighting homelessness and HIV in NYC, it's one of those magical New York places that just *feels good* the moment you walk in. You know? It smells like old books, the floors creak a little, it's been the home to many a famous open mic and intimate concert - it's the real deal. History, romance, and purpose are all vibrantly present in the space.

    For anyone who is looking to make their wedding unique and special (and who maybe doesn't vibe with the traditional pomp and circumstance of big, formal weddings), this is your place. You get to be married surrounded but art and stories. The staff is absolutely incredible and will help you design an evening that feels authentic to you. Pro tip - they know what they're doing! Listen to their suggestions - I promise they aren't trying to upsell you, they just want you to have the best experience ever. I'm really glad that we took all their advice an worked with their perferred vendors. Everyone who was a part of our celebration was a delight and went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of.

    Our wedding was fun, no stress, joyous, and exceeded all our expectations. Can't recommend HWBS enough - I wish we could get married all over again!
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    Kimberly C. Married on 10/30/2021
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    Unique, beautiful, flawless

    The perfect venue for our intimate ceremony and reception. Dad walked me down "the aisle" to bagpipes from the balcony; our UU (occasionally funny) ceremony brought tears; with drinks and superb dinner perfectly accommodated.

Awards

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  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner

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126 Crosby Street New York, NY, 10012
212.334.3324
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