What We Do
Sound River Studios - a spacious new event venue on the East River waterfront in Long Island City
This soaring raw warehouse gallery-style space is a blank slate, ideal for clients looking to create custom events that promote their brand and reflect their personal style. The iconic Midtown skyline provides an extraordinary backdrop for product launches and holiday parties, film and photo shoots, conferences and trade fairs, weddings and other social gatherings, film screenings and theatrical performances, art exhibitions, and fashion events. Sound River Studios can accommodate 500 guests for standing-room-only events or 350 for seated dinners which includes room for bars, buffet tables, DJ booth, and dance floor. Our 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. Many clients have relationships with vendors of goods and services and would like them to be involved in their event. SRS is happy to accommodate the professionals of your choice. We can provide additional recommendations as needed, however, we don’t have any exclusive vendors.
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 following areas are included in your rental of Sound River Studios:
• main hall 5490 sq ft / 510 sqm
• entrance hall 589 sq ft / 54 sqm
• kitchen 645 sq ft / 60 sqm
• inner lobby 239 sq ft / 22 sqm
• dockside terrace 1296 sq ft / 120 sqm (48' x 27')
Sound River Studios 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. By subway, we're conveniently positioned between four stations: Court Square (E-M-7-G), Vernon-Jackson (7), Queens Plaza (E-M-R) and Queensboro Plaza (N-W-7). As you exit the station toward the rear of the train at 21st Street and 44th Drive, walk straight ahead toward the river and the Manhattan skyline.
What people are saying
Sound River Studios was a perfect venue for our contemporary arts institution's annual benefit gala. Steve and Una were incredibly accommodating and willing to work with our schedule and budget. SRS's white warehouse features make it the dream space for an exciting and inventive event, and the views of the Manhattan skyline are incredible and add to the unique experience for guests. We started the night with the Great Scott yacht service from Manhattan, which ended up being one of the favorite aspects of the evening. We had a cocktail hour on the dockside terrace followed by a sit-down dinner for almost 300 guests. The space was perfect for our number and the room felt intimate and never overly crowded. It was a really beautiful and fitting venue for us and our crowd. Would highly recommend!
Great venue with a great view of the city. The team from SRS has great vendors that know the place inside out and make your and your customer's experience amazing.
We were so lucky to have our wedding celebration at this gorgeous, unique space. Two weeks later we are still hearing from our guests that the beauty of the huge, open loft and the majesty of the sunset over the Manhattan skyline made the event unforgettable. The soaring ceilings and light-filled, industrial white warehouse space steal the show, so we were able to keep our decorations elegant, minimal and inexpensive. Una, the space's incredible event planner, suggested one long table down the middle of the space for our 75 or so guests. The simplicity of the table and elegant centerpieces that Una sourced and designed made a huge visual statement. I can't say enough about how helpful Una was. We planned our event on very short noticed and she was completely unfazed, able to design and coordinate all of the party essentials within a couple of weeks. She kept the event on track, setting up the tables and place settings, and thinking of small things that I would never have but that made the day special, like preparing for the champagne toast and reminding me to tell guests to take home the beautiful centerpieces. In the days leading up to the celebration, she accommodated last-minute changes to the chair and table rental order when our guest number changed, through it all she never seemed hurried or frazzled. Una is someone you want helping you plan your event!
Amazing view of the Manhattan skyline combined with a tall-ceiling flexible space, direct waterfront location and low-stress neighborhood is a winning combo. It's also run by some very nice people. I highly recommend this location.
I recently had the opportunity of catering a beautiful wedding at this incredible venue. Sound River Studios is a spacious and beautiful waterfront warehouse with a great sun exposure. This venue has many unique features including: a private dock and yacht service, 30-foot-high ceilings, rustic and elegant touches, and stunning skyline views of the East River and Midtown Manhattan. The entire facility is bright, well maintained, and clean. There is also a great kitchen space, outdoor area and a spacious entrance. I can go on forever talking about this space; however, I have to talk about one of the most important aspects of SRS: the management team! Una and Steve are sweet, professional, welcoming, resourceful and always ready to assist. They made me feel right at home and I am sure that they will do the same for you. I can’t wait to go back and work at this place again!