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Raw Historic Underground Gymnasium

New York | Bushwick

$130 per hour
50
21Responds within 2 hours
This is a 2500 square foot gymnasium available for film shoots, photo shoots, and various events. The room measures 50 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 13.5 feet high. The gymnasium, located beneath a church, was abandoned in the 1970s. From October 2018 through April 2019, the space was renovated and is now available for your use. Thus, the look of the space is raw and industrial, including a retro paint job, a wall of brick, old basketball hoops, and a tiled tin ceiling. The floor is the original concrete, currently not finished, with small pocks and unevenness throughout. A video tour of the venue is available here: https://youtu.be/xVsWujC8ZNY The space lets in very little daylight. Even at high noon on a bright day, there is almost total darkness in the gym. This allows photo and video work to have total control over the lighting. There is a fan in the gym window allowing air circulation. Our HVAC system connects to a machine outside and allows additional circulation. The gym is equipped with a 5 ton central heating and cooling system, newly installed in 2020, to keep you chill all summer and cozy all winter. There are six electricity outlets in the gym, some with one socket, and some with as many as four sockets. One of these six outlets is a 220 volt outlet while the other five outlets support 110 volts. The circuits range from 20 amps to 30 amps. The space is equipped with a powerful WIFI network. Phone reception in the space is often weak, depending on your carrier. We offer a tall free-standing ladder, roughly 12 feet in height, to all renters. Photographers and videographers can use our ladder to capture overhead shots. All renters are able to use our collapsable movie screen and projector to stage their own film viewings. Our movie screen is approximately 22 feet by 12.5 feet. Our projector is a Panasonic VZ-580. Use of this equipment costs an additional fee. Renters are able to safely store their equipment in the space overnight. Renters are able to be in the space from 4am through midnight, with the exception of Sundays, when our hours are 3:30pm to midnight. The venue has a seating capacity of 50. Please notify in advance so that the correct number of chairs can be set in place. If you need more than 10 chairs, the venue will ask a furniture fee. Additional tables are also available for a fee. Our venue has a large selection of in-house photo and video gear. For additional add-on fees, renters may use: - Impact VC-500WLN 3-500Ws Digital Monolight with Transmitter Kit /// 3 x Monolights /// 3 x White Reflective Umbrella with Permanent Black Backing /// 1 x Wireless Transmitter /// 1 x Softbox with Speedring (24 x 36") - Polevault with paper backdrops (12.6' width) - White, black, green, navy, and charcoal backdrop paper - Bi-color LED modeling light - Softbox (20x20") with 500W Tungsten Photoflood Bulb - C-stand (10.75’) - 6" Backlight Light with 100W bulb - Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ tripod - Universal Filter Holder (12x12") - Filter Gels (Rosco CalColor Kit 12" x 12", 33 sheets) - Bi-color on-camera light - 2 sandbags (20 lb and 15 lb) - 2 x pedestal fans (18" and 16") - set of four apple boxes We are picky when it comes to booking events at our space, and say no to the majority of the requests we get, which are for parties and concerts. That said, we do love the events we host here that are right for our church basement. We favor small gatherings with a mellow daytime energy. A screening of your new short film could work great here. A dinner party for a small group of friends could be a great fit. We regret that at this time, our space does not offer wheelchair access. We’ve spent the last year restoring this basement from the 1800s, but we are not yet at the point where we can afford to build ramps or elevators. With the help of your rentals, our budget will get there. Thank you for your patience. Our space is more popular on weekends, and so you will notice that our hourly rate on Friday evening and all of Saturday and Sunday is higher. This difference is intentional. Keep in mind our special weekday morning rates. Between 4am and 9am, the space is available for $65 per hour. This is located on Bushwick Avenue near the Halsey J and Gates J stations, and a 12 minute walk from the Myrtle Wyckoff L / M station.

Raw Historic Surreal Locker Room

New York | Bushwick

$130 per hour
20
11Responds within 2 hours
The locker room is a 1030 square foot historic set of 8 rooms available for film shoots, photo shoots, arts rehearsals, and meetings. The rooms, located beneath a church, were abandoned in the 1970s. From October 2018 through April 2019, the space was renovated and is now available for your use. Thus, the look of the space is raw and industrial. Most of the floors are concrete. The bathroom and shower room are tiled. Many of the walls have flaking paint jobs and weathered areas. There's exposed piping, wood beams, and unique materials and textures everywhere. A video tour of the venue is available here: https://youtu.be/xVsWujC8ZNY The Shower Room has four brutal, beautiful vintage black shower stalls with working water spouts. The front door has a speakeasy style password window, which can be a fun set piece for certain shoots and events. The space lets in very little daylight. The main doorway to the space can let in daylight, if left open. This allows photo and video work to have total control over the lighting. The bathroom has a window to outside which can be easily blocked. The space is equipped with a 12,000 BTU Fujitsu wall AC unit to keep you cool in the summer. We have two 5600W Dr. Infrared DR-988 space heaters to keep you warm in the winter. There are newly installed power outlets in every room, each with two three-prong 110 volt sockets. There are ceiling lights in all of the rooms. Some of the lights are outfitted with colored bulbs for low mood lighting. Some of the lights have brighter bulbs to allow better visibility. You are free to adjust the lighting as you see fit, and you're welcome to rent our lighting gear if you'd like a brighter environment. The space is equipped with a powerful WIFI network. Phone reception in the space is often weak, depending on your carrier. The space is highly set designed because of a performance that regularly takes place there. Please be careful with our set and props. Some items, like the mannequins and the waiting room desks, can be moved without too much trouble. Many of the other decorations, such as the vines and the balloon tent, are embedded in the room and cannot be taken down or moved. Renters are able to safely store their equipment in the space overnight. The space is open from 3:30pm to midnight on Sundays, and from 4am to midnight on the other six days of the week. Our venue has a large selection of in-house photo and video gear. For additional add-on fees, renters may use: - Impact VC-500WLN 3-500Ws Digital Monolight with Transmitter Kit /// 3 x Monolights /// 3 x White Reflective Umbrella with Permanent Black Backing /// 1 x Wireless Transmitter /// 1 x Softbox with Speedring (24 x 36") - Bi-color LED modeling light - Softbox (20x20") with 500W Tungsten Photoflood Bulb - C-stand (10.75’) - 6" Backlight Light with 100W bulb - Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ tripod - Universal Filter Holder (12x12") - Filter Gels (Rosco CalColor Kit 12" x 12", 33 sheets) - Bi-color on-camera light - 2 sandbags (20 lb and 15 lb) - 2 x pedestal fans (18" and 16") - set of four apple boxes We regret that at this time, our space does not offer wheelchair access. We’ve spent the last year restoring this basement from the 1800s, but we are not yet at the point where we can afford to build ramps or elevators. With the help of your rentals, our budget will get there. Thank you for your patience. Our space is more popular on the weekends, and so you will notice that our hourly rate on Saturday, Sunday, and Friday nights is higher. This difference is intentional. Keep in mind our special weekday morning rates. Between 4am and 9am, the space is available for $65 per hour. The locker room is located on Bushwick Avenue near the Halsey J and Gates J stations, and a 12 minute walk from the Myrtle Wyckoff L / M station. The exact dimensions of each room in the Locker Room are: All floor to ceiling heights: 96” (8 feet) Shower Room: 9.3 feet x 19.16 feet 178 square feet Shrine Room (boot shaped): 18.16 feet x 7.83 feet 6.83’ feet x 5.16 feet 177.5 total square feet Shutters Room: 9.33 feet x 8 feet 75 square feet Waiting Room: (boot shaped) 14.33 feet x 10 feet 5.83 feet x 7.66 feet 188 total square feet Hallway 21 feet x 3.66 feet 77 square feet Vestibule: 6.5 feet x 6.33 feet 41 square feet Bathroom: 13 feet x 7 feet 91 square feet The Mannequin Room / The Vine Room: 27.5 feet x 7.5 feet 206 square feet

Soho Amusement Park of Inspiration

New York | Lower Manhattan

$385 per hour
80
1
This spacious and unaltered original artist soho loft is very quiet with agreeable light. It is divided into two main spaces: The 800sft studio on the east and the 1100 sft living room on the west. It also has a couple of bedrooms and two toilets. When we have events the studio/living room configuration works well and allows for a subtle division of the event into sub-groups.

3,800 sq/ft 4story brownstone w/outdoor

New York | Bedford-Stuyvesant

$325 per hour
50
Responds within 2 hours
The location is a literal gem in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. This effortlessly bold 2,800 sq. brownstone has a lively spirit offering a bright and clean design with pops of color and texture cleverly curated throughout the space. Not only does the location look good from the front with it’s picturesque brownstone façade but it also has a beautiful 1,000 sq./ft area in the back. Flooded with natural light, this four story, three bedroom, 1 Master Bathroom, 2 full bathroom, 1 powder room, office space, living space and spacious open kitchen layout, is the perfect spot to realize anything you can dream up. We work with you at every step- before, during, and after- to help make your vision a reality with the highest level of quality and service. We handle all the logistics so you can focus on what really matters. We manage several locations in NYC. Each space has an on-site representative. Our customer experience team has been working in the meetings and workshops industry for 5+ years. We have a hands on approach and are here to assist you if needed. We can also manage catering services for you, we work with some of NYC best caterers, offering many food and budget options. Once you book the space, before you arrive, the space will be prepped and spotless ready for you to use. When you arrive, the on-site rep will check you in, assist you load in your equipment and set up all the tech you need and will be available on-site the entire time in case you need assistance or leave if you want privacy for you and your team. After the meeting, the on-site rep will help you load-out your equipment. Please note - prices shown in this listing are for groups up to 14 people. For bigger groups, additional fees may apply. Ask us, we will be more than happy to help! Certificate of insurance is mandatory to access premises. If you don't have a trusted COI supplier, we can help! Some of our amenities include: - Wifi - Private Outdoor area - 3 Fireplaces - Sound-system - Full Kitchen - Barbecue - 1 Master Bathroom - 2 Full Bathrooms - 1 Powder Room COI is mandatory for all productions, offsite meetings and events. We can help you sort this out using our trusted COI supplier which is very affordable. ** Prices shown in this listing are our minimum before qualifying your reservation. Additional fees may apply once we have a full understanding of your project such as total number of attendees, start and end of your reservation, vehicles involved in your project (production), etc**

Brick Warehouse, Gallery & Vintage Loft

New York | Williamsburg

$330 per hour
74
Responds within 2 hours
Our beautiful pre-war machine shop in the heart of Williamsburg showcases 1920s’ chic decor, exposed brick and soaring ceilings. This listing is for the entire building which includes the first floor gallery, second floor vintage loft, and roof deck. The loft visually immerses you in nostalgia with its vintage furniture and classic speakeasy vibe. The lovingly renovated interior of original wood and reclaimed metal, with 15-ft ceilings and custom art pieces make a stunning, camera-ready setting for film, photo shoots, or special events. A 24-person capacity private roof deck provides day and nighttime options for outside activities. The street-level gallery offers a crisp white-brick gallery space with neutral gray concrete floors and walls stretching 15 ft in height - ready to display art or host modern vows. Our flexible space can host your conference, launch party, film or photo shoot, wedding or reception. It’s a quintessentially Brooklyn place to make your creative, social, and professional events come to life. Building • Natural Light / Skylights • 15’ Ceilings • Chest Freezer • FIOS Fiber Internet • Vintage Furniture Included • Blackout Blinds • Outdoor Grill • Grand Piano (Loft) • 7 Bathrooms Stocked & Cleaned • On-site Location Manager • Heating & A/C • Brooklyn Skyline View • First Floor Gallery: 1,500 sf. white-brick walled gallery, with 15’ ceilings and 13' garage door, concrete floors and gallery lighting • Second Floor Loft: 1,800 sf. white-brick wall hand-built loft with sound system, bar setup and DJ lighting. Public bathroom with 3 stalls, 2 urinals. Availability • For Production: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day • For Events: 7 days a week, 6 AM - 2 AM • 1 AM end time for amplified music • All ages Capacity • Full Building • 74 persons • 4,800 SQ FT • Roof Deck • 24 persons • 530 SQ FT We also offer the floors separately: • 2nd Floor Loft (alone): https://www.splacer.co/venue/unique-vintage-loft-with-roof-deck • Ground Floor Gallery (alone): https://www.splacer.co/venue/crisp-white-brick-gallery-with-roll-up

Jupiter House

New York | Red Hook

$125 per hour
8
27Responds within 2 hours
NYC Covid Update -- We are operating at half capacity (10 people max) and we have a 2 hour min now to accommodate extra cleaning time. Everyone entering the space must wear a mask. Only people on camera may remove their mask during their stay. This means that food and beverages must be consumed outside. About our space: There are many plants, a harp, and unique art including an astrological clock that we have made and collected over the years. We custom built the space and hope that you can feel the care put into the flow and look of the space.

Cozy/Industrial South Bronx Cafe + Kitchen

New York | West Bronx

$150 per hour
20
11Responds within 5 hours
You'll love our space for it's industrial + cozy feel, open kitchen, plentiful seating, thoughtful details, option for seasonal, locally-sourced in-house catering, and incredible hospitality. We're also easily accessible via public transportation!

Prohibition Era Speakeasy Bar Downtown in Lower East Side

New York | Lower Manhattan

$288 per hour
50
15Responds within 4 hours
A nostalgic and intimate jewel box of a space that transports you back to the prohibition era, situated in an historic building that was once the home of Lucky Luciano's Palm Casino.

Soho Penthouse with Private Roof Deck

New York | Manhattan

$600 per hour
40
4Responds within 2 hours
Located in the heart of SoHo, the space has been described as a penthouse made for Instagram by The New York Times. Every room has been meticulously designed to shoot lifestyle content within a home environment. The space has the light and design elements to allow for a successful shoot, product demonstration or editorial event. We designed the space to be the backdrop for capturing lifestyle moments in a way that’s engaging and not overly produced - perfect for press, social sharing, and branded engagements. Design, production, and prop sourcing and styling services are also available. Studio Specs Square Footage: App. 2,000 SF Roof Garden 750 SF Ceiling Height: App. 12’ Space: 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms Spaces: Main Room
 Entryway + Fireplace 
 Living + Dining Space 
Kitchen 
 Bedroom 
Dressing Closet Master Bath 
 Private Roof Deck Washer/Dryer

Exposed brick Multi-use Event Space

New York | Lower Manhattan

$180 per hour
74
15Responds within an hour
We offer our East Village store in Manhattan for filming, private parties, corporate mixers, birthday celebrations, seminars, concerts, fund-raisers, and company holiday parties. It is also available to rent for your own weekly classes and/or workshops. Our space is located on the ground floor on the 3rd street (between 1 ave and 2 ave) with big windows. The space is approximately 1,200 sqft with maximum occupancy of 74 people. There are chairs, tables, projector, refrigerator, freezer and free Wi-fi available to use.

Stylish, Light Filled Studio w/ Cyc Wall

New York | Long Island City

$225 per hour
100
9Responds within 3 hours
A love-child of a real-estate exec and a photographer, our was created out of passion for visual arts and understanding of what it takes to successfully create an image. We offer you 2,500 sq ft of clean contemporary space with a large corner cyc wall, with 14" ceilings and giant windows, beautiful make up station that can seat up to 4 models, and a stylish comfortable green-room. We understand your needs, and are here to help you to create your dreams. We can offer creative set designs and all lighting and grip demands of the most talented and demanding of creatives. One of New York oldest prop-house is 10 ft away, opening up a whole new world of set possibilities. 10 Minutes from Manhattan, One minute walk from the 7 Line subway stop 26x25x13 corner cyc wall South West facing 14ft wall-to-wall windows with lots of available light and black-out capabilities Lots of daylight ranging from soft to hard Comfortable and stylish green room with a large table Up to 4 models make-up station with dedicated 8/20amp Edison outlets Huge Freight 24/7 Power Pallet jacks for easy in and out loading or heavy equipment 600 amps 3 phase Friendly and helpful ownership. Full lighting and Grip rental Included in your rental: 10 x V-Flats (B/W Sides) 10 extension cords 10 cstands 15 super clamps 2 duck bills Monitors Digital carts Power backup apc A clamps 2 Chimera L soft boxes profoto speed rings 1 Chimera S soft Plethora of Apple Boxes in different sizes 15 medium and large Sandbags 2 x heavy duty rolling racks 3 folding tables 1 x Steamer 3 x ladders (from 8ft to 14 ft) Sound system Additional cost rentals: Profoto D1 1000air, 5 D1 500air Profoto beauty dish Light modifiers Arri kit, 1000w, 650w, 350w, 2 150w Props (60,000 sq ft of props from prop and spoon) Canon 5D Mark III with 24-70 mm 2.8 lens, Canon 5D Mark IV 100mm 2.8 macro, 50 mm 1.2 Smoke machine Set paper Gaffer tape available to purchase on site 15 rolls of seamless paper in different colors available on site + we can deliver any additional colors you request

SoHo Fully Equipped Spacious Photo Studio

New York | Lower Manhattan

$128 per hour
30
6Responds within an hour
This newly built studio is located in the heart of SoHo, Manhattan, just steps from 10 major subway lines. (Q,R,W,4,5,6,B,D,F,M) This 1000 sq ft studio space is on the 7th floor inside a quintessential SoHo Loft building, 13' high ceilings. It functions perfectly for both photography and video productions. It features a hair and makeup station, lounge area, private bathroom, digital workstation (iMac pro) and private studio entrance. Freight and Parking information available upon booking. Complimentary artisanal coffee and water are provided in the studio, our manager will be on-site to help you with any questions. Easy to book on short notice. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We will try to accommodate your requests as much as we can. Looking forward to hosting your next shootings. _________________________________________________________________ Included in the rental rate is a large selection of top of the line equipment outlined below: LIGHTING: Profoto D2 1000W Air TTL Monolight (4) Profoto 3x4' Softbox (2) Profoto 1x4' Softbox (2) Profoto 50° Softgrid RFI for 1x4' Profoto Air Remote TTL-C for Canon Profoto Air Remote TTL-N for Nikon Profoto Air Remote TTL-S for Sony Profoto RFi Speedring Adapter (4) Profoto 51" Deep White Umbrella Profoto Umbrella Diffuser Profoto Zoom Reflector 2 (2) Mola Demi Komplette for Profoto Profoto Glass Cover (4) Profoto Transport Cap (4) Optoma HD143X Projector Sekonic Light Meter (1) GRIP V Flat World Foldable V Flat (2) Turtle Base C-Stand (4) Photoflex Light Stand (2) Avenger D600 Mini Boom (2) Full Apple Box (2) Half Apple Box (2) 15 lb Sandbag (6) AF3 SFX Fan (2) Spring Clamps (20) Black and White Gaff Tape Savage 107" White Seamless Savage 107" Black Seamless Savage 107" Grey Seamless Stepladder TECHNOLOGY Apple 27" iMac Pro with Retina 5K Display G-Technology 6TB G-DRIVE Thunderbolt 3 External Hard Drive Tether Tools TetherPro USB 3.0 Male Type-A to USB 3.0 Micro-B Cable (Orange 15') Tether Tools TetherPro USB 2.0 Type-A to 5-Pin Mini-USB Cable (Orange, 15') Tether Tools TetherPro USB 2.0 Active Extension Cable (16', Orange) Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Adobe Photoshop CC Capture One Pro MISC.: Black Chairs (30) White Stool (2) 6 ft Folding Table (6) Belkin 12 Port Plug (2) Extension Cords Industrial Steamer Clothing Racks Hi-Speed WiFi Elevators

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