Harlem Renaissance Townhouse on Sugar Hill

New York | Upper Manhattan
Starting From$350per hour
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Meeting
Production
Pop-Up
60 Max

Hosted by Kurt

A long-time Harlemite, Mr. Thometz, a longer-time rare book dealer, has provided curatorial services to schools and book collectors since 1980. Mr. Thometz’s career as a private librarian has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, New York, and Estelle Ellis’ book, At Home With Books. Chinua Achebe taught his "Life Turns Man Up and Down: Highlife, Useful Advice and Mad English," based on his collection of Onitsha Market Literature, Africa's incunabula.
Member since Mar '17

The Space

Perched on the highest elevation in Manhattan, the neighborhood feels like a slice of Colonial Williamsburg airlifted into the city. The townhouse looks at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, George Washington’s headquarters for 1776′s Battle of Harlem Heights and home to the infamous grand horizontal, Madame Jumel. At the time Duke Ellington dubbed it the “The Crown of Sugar Hill,” the historic district was also home to W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Robeson, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson, Johnny Hodges and dozens of other Jazz Masters. The self-contained 900 sq foot garden apartment/former antiquarian book shop features a 4000 volume library specializing in Harlem Heights' history - from its roots in Revolution through the jazz-age Renaissance to its very Now now - a full kitchen and bath. It's 900 sq foot Renaissance Garden has been a favorite with fashion photographers, film directors and wedding planners. The 1st floor's 12 ft ceilinged parlor, music and dining rooms feature art pertaining to local history, about 3000 volumes on 1st edition literature, modern and classical art and culinary arts, Kaiser Wilhelm's Viennese 1891 (same year as the house) baby grand, has hosted sit down dinners for 24, and comfortably stands 75. The library floor above has two baths and two collections. Besides the rarest books of the collections and a large LP collection and sound system, the front library features large bay windows with a postcard perfect view of the Morris Jumel Mansion. The second, more intimate library/study specializes in 18th & 19th c. New York history, again related to the immediate neighborhood, as are art works liberally distributed about the premises. All have been shown to great advantage by Bruce Weber in Vogue and as ballast to his film portrait: Harlem: A Poetry Lesson; Wes Anderson filmed segments of an aborted documentary on Fran Lebowitz here; Kahlil Joseph filmed part of Aloe Blacc's video, I Need A Dollar, here. We've been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, The Daily News, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BBC, Le Monde, Arte TV, and The Independent. Our listing's hourly rate applies to our regular business hours to the use of the 2 floors. The Garden apartment, when available, has a full bath and the Library floor has two full baths. The Parlor, which has none, needs be rented together with either the upper or lower floor. For preview please reach out.

60 guests max  |  3rd floor  |  3600 sq. feet  |  House  |  8 Rooms  |  3 Bathrooms

Availability

Mon - Sat
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Pricing

$350
Hourly (starting from)
 Minimum hours:  4
Available weekends and evenings by request. After 8 hours, time-and-a-half, after 10, double-time on weekdays. Weekends, time-and-a-half up to 10 hours then double-time. Requisite cleaning by production company.

Amenities

Air Conditioning
Private Entrance
Kitchen
Tableware
Bathrooms
Heat
Large table
Photography Lighting
Wifi
Breakout Rooms
Conference Phone
Sink
Stage
Green Screen
Grill
Whiteboard
Power Tie-in
Sound System
Projector and Screen / TV

Accessibility

Public transportation
Parking near by
Stairs
Street level
Delivery access
Elevator
Freight elevator
Garage Door
On-site parking
Wheelchair / handicapped accessible

Space Rules

No children (0-10)
No teenagers (10-18)
No under-age (18-21)
No alcohol (selling)
No loud music / dancing
No open house
No ticket sales
No smoking
No open flame
No Late night parties

Services

Furniture rental
A/V
Bathroom attendant
Beverage
Cleaning
Coat check
Event manager
Food
Lighting system
Photography
Security crew
Trash removal

Photos and Tags

Natural Light
Bathtub
Skylight
Wood Floors
Sound-proof
Large Windows
Art
View
High Ceiling
Garden
Library
Dining Table
Exposed Pipes
Bar
Piano
Modern Bathroom
Plants
Classic
Luxurious
Urban
Intimate
Whimsical

Location

Cancellation & Security Deposit

Cancellation policy: Strict 

50% refund up to 1 week prior to event check in, except service fees.

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Security deposit: $2,500.00 

(Will be collected separately by the space owner)

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