The Cvent Brooklyn meeting planning guide is a comprehensive city guide for Brooklyn meeting planning professionals. There is more to Brooklyn beyond its namesake bridge. In the New York City borough of nearly 2.5 million, each neighborhood differs from the next. Williamsburg attracts artists and young professionals, drawn to the restaurants, bars, lounges and galleries. Brighton Beach has long been known for its thriving Russian and Ukrainian community, Greenpoint for its Polish population, Flatbush for its Caribbean residents, and Sunset Park may very well be its own Chinatown. Park Slope and Fort Greene boast gorgeous brownstones, while DUMBO has a more industrial vibe. Planners should expect Brooklyn meeting venues, cultural attractions and dining establishments to be just as diverse.
Traveling in and out of Brooklyn from the major airports can be done with relative ease, as all are within a relatively short driving distance: LaGuardia Airport (10 miles), John F. Kennedy International Airport (15 miles) and Newark Liberty International Airport (16 miles). Public transportation provides another option with MTA subway stations and bus stops throughout the borough.
The borough is also home to several full-service hotels, including the 663-room New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge in Downtown Brooklyn, the 321-room Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel and the Best Western Prospect Park Hotel and the Best Western Arena Hotel.
Many Brooklyn venues are varied and unique, and some are breath-taking. Situated in Prospect Heights, for example, the Brooklyn Museum regularly hosts corporate events, sit-down dinners and private receptions in one of several spaces, including the Martha A. Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby (suitable for groups of 200 to 1,000); Beaux Arts Court, which can accommodate 1,000 for a standing cocktail reception and 700 for sit-down dinner; and the 4,700-square-foot Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium for up to 460 guests. In Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Winery features spaces for intimate- to medium-sized events, including the entire winery, which can accommodate up to 250 guests. Housed in an 1881 landmark building, the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights ensures an elegant setting with its striking columns and soaring ceilings; the main floor and lobby accommodates up to 300 guests; the Othmer Library can seat up to 100 dinner and 175 for a stand up reception.
Most of all, when it comes to dining, Brooklyn delivers everything from world-famous Junior's Restaurant and Bakery (known for its cheesecake) to the River Cafe, which offers private dining and spectacular views of the New York skyline to the more than a century-old Peter Luger Steakhouse.